what is difference between chilblain and chilblains
From chill + blain, literally “cold sore”.
- IPA(key): /tʃɪlbleɪn/
chilblain (plural chilblains)
- An itchy purple red inflammation of the skin, especially of the hands, feet and ears, occurring when capillaries below the skin are damaged by exposure to cold weather.
- Synonyms: erythema pernio, pernio
- 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1st edition, chapter VII, page 105
- Our clothing was insufficient to protect us from the severe cold: we had no boots, the snow got into our shoes and melted there; our ungloved hands became numbed and covered with chilblains, as were our feet […]
- Mrs. Goddard’s school was in high repute—and very deservedly; for Highbury was reckoned a particularly healthy spot: she had an ample house and garden, gave the children plenty of wholesome food, let them run about a great deal in the summer, and in winter dressed their chilblains with her own hands. Jane Austen, Emma, Vol. I, Ch. 3 (1815).
- chilblain on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- plural of chilblain
- (usually with “the”) The condition of having chilblains.
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