crispation

noun cris·pa·tion \kriˈspāshən\

Definition of crispation

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  the act or process of curling :  the state of being curled :  undulation

  2. 2 :  a slight shrinking or spasmodic contraction few men can look down from a great height without creepings and crispations — O. W. Holmes †1894

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Origin and Etymology of crispation

Latin crispatus + English -ion


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