crispation

noun

cris·​pa·​tion
kriˈspāshən
plural -s
1
: the act or process of curling : the state of being curled : undulation
2
: a slight shrinking or spasmodic contraction
few men can look down from a great height without creepings and crispationsO. W. Holmes †1894

Word History

Etymology

Latin crispatus + English -ion

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“Crispation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crispation. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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