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[soo-sur-uh s] /sʊˈsɜr əs/
noun, plural susurruses.
a soft murmuring or rustling sound; whisper.
Origin of susurrus
1825-35; < Latin: a whisper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On either hand, cliffs rose up, and the susurrus of waves breaking on sand could be heard in the distance.

    A Knyght Ther Was Robert F. Young
  • They are the susurrus of the breeze before the storm, and you await what is to follow with palpitating heart.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • There was not a sound about them save the susurrus of their feet going through the moonflowers.

  • They went on with the murmur and susurrus of their communion, while Charity looked askance at the three men.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • There was no speckle of light to classify and ignore, no susurrus of air molecules raining against the eardrum.

    Instinct George Oliver Smith
  • Let smiles mantle—and that sweet, soft, low sound be heard, the susurrus.

Word Origin and History for susurrus

Latin, literally "humming, muttering, whispering" (see susurration).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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