verb (used without object), strid·u·lat·ed, strid·u·lat·ing.
to produce a shrill, grating sound, as a cricket does, by rubbing together certain parts of the body; shrill.
Origin of stridulate
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The insects which employ the fourth method also stridulate during night.
Stridulate: to make a creaking noise by rubbing together two ridged or roughened surfaces.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
(intr) (of insects such as the cricket) to produce sounds by rubbing one part of the body against another
Word Origin for stridulate
C19: back formation from stridulation, from Latin strīdulus creaking, hissing, from strīdēre to make a harsh noise
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