a painful swelling or sore caused by exposure to cold, esp. on the fingers, toes, or ears
Origin of chilblainchil(l) + blain from Old English blegen, a sore from Indo-European an unverified form bhlei- from base an unverified form bhel-, to blow up, swell from source ball
An inflammation followed by itchy irritation on the hands, feet, or ears, resulting from exposure to moist cold.
Origin of chilblainchil(l) blain
- An itchy purple red inflammation of the skin, especially of the hands, feet and ears. It occurs when capillaries below the skin are damaged by exposure to cold weather.