stridulation

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Etymology[edit]

1838, from earlier term stridulous; from Latin strīdulus (giving a shrill sound, creaking), from strīdō (utter a shrill or harsh sound; creak, shriek, grate, hiss).

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stridulation (plural stridulations)

  1. A high-pitched chirping, grating, hissing, or squeaking sound, as male crickets and grasshoppers make by rubbing certain body parts together.
    • 1994, John Christopher, A Dusk of Demons
      The Demons were crying now too, a stridulation that rose above the clamor and seemed to pierce the skull.

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