prusten

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From the German verb prusten (to sneeze, to snort).

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prusten (uncountable)

  1. A sound made by tigers and snow leopards without the intent to threaten, producing a breathy snort by blowing through the nostrils whilst the mouth is closed — a low-frequency equivalent of the purring found in domestic cats.
    • 2001, Yann Martel, Life of Pi, Canongate (2003), ISBN 184195392X, chapter 57, page 163:
      He made a sound, a snort from his nostrils. I pricked up my ears. He did it a second time. I was astonished. Prusten?
    • ibidem, pages 163–164:
      Prusten is the quietest of tiger calls, a puff through the nose to express friendliness and harmless intentions.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpʁuːstən/, [ˈpʁuːstn̩]
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Verb[edit]

prusten (third-person singular simple present prustet, past tense prustete, past participle geprustet, auxiliary haben)

  1. to snort (especially with laughter)
  2. to splutter

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