susurrus (plural susurruses)
- (literary) A whispering or rustling sound; a murmur.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of De Quincey to this entry?)
- The soft susurrus and sighs of the branches. — Longfellow.
2000, George R. R. Martin, A Storm of Swords, ↑ISBN, page 555:
- They heard the Green Fork before they saw it, an endless susurrus, like the growl of some great beast.
2004, Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram: A Novel, ↑ISBN, page 613:
- I sipped at a drink and smoked cigarettes in a silence so profound that I could hear the susurrus of the blindfold's soft fabric rustle and slip between my fingers.
2007, Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind, ↑ISBN, page 301:
- I walked steadily toward the pennant pole amid a sea of susurrus murmurings.
2008, Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book, ↑ISBN, page 262:
- Bod could feel the Sleer listening to Jack's words, could feel a low susurrus of excitement building in the chamber.
whispering or rustling sound
- Italian: sussurro
- susurrus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- susurrus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- susurrus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette