I would guess that it is an alternative spelling of
_horripilatio_ 'shuddering, trembling'; cf. _horripilare_
class. Lat. 'to bristle', med. Lat. 'to tremble' (see
Niermeyer). For the -b- spelling, cf. 'obpressus' cited in
K. P. Harrington's _Medieval Latin_.
On Fri, 15 Dec 2000 11:48:16 -0500 Patrick Nugent
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> Dear Colleagues,
> Has any of you ever come across the (Latin) word "obripilatio"? I can't
> make head nor tail of it nor find it in OLD or or Niermeyer. It occurs in
> the context of a girl stricken suddenly with a seizure and afterward
> rendered hysterical. While working in the garden, she has just fallen to
> the ground:
> "Tum quoque, cum subita obripilatione, tremor membrorum continuus illi
> I can provide more context if you like. My best guess is that the author
> has contructed it from "repello", so that it would connote being struck a
> blow, but it seems an awfully inflated word, and the spelling is bizarre.
> (This comes from a miracle collection from AASS, which in the volume I'm
> using is usually pretty careful to comment on, or to standardize, bizarre
> orthography.) Any ideas?
> Many thanks,
> Patrick Nugent.
> Patrick J. Nugent
> Earlham College
> Richmond, Indiana 47374 USA
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