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Back-formation from stridulation. (From earlier term stridulous; from Latin strīdulus (giving a shrill sound, creaking), from strīdō (utter a shrill or harsh sound; creak, shriek, grate, hiss))


  • (UK) IPA(key): /stɹɪdjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n/


stridulate (third-person singular simple present stridulates, present participle stridulating, simple past and past participle stridulated)

  1. (intransitive) To make a high-pitched chirping, grating, hissing, or squeaking sound, as male crickets and grasshoppers do, by rubbing certain body parts together.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 191:
      A window was open, and the crickets were stridulating at an ominous speed in the black motionless foliage.
    • 1984, John Updike, The Witches of Eastwick, p55
      The crickets stridulated their everlasting monotonous meaningful note.


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