brontide

[ bron-tahyd ]
/ ˈbrɒn taɪd /

noun

a rumbling noise heard occasionally in some parts of the world, probably caused by seismic activity.

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Origin of brontide

First recorded in 2000–05; from Greek brontḗ “thunder” + -ide (for -id1)
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