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stridulate

[ strij-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈstrɪdʒ əˌleɪt /
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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.

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Origin of stridulate

1830–40; back formation from stridulation.See stridulous, -ate1, -ion
strid·u·la·tion, nounstrid·u·la·to·ry [strij-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˈstrɪdʒ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveun·strid·u·lat·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stridulate

stridulate
/ (ˈstrɪdjʊˌleɪt) /

verb

(intr) (of insects such as the cricket) to produce sounds by rubbing one part of the body against another
stridulation, nounstridulator, nounstridulatory (ˈstrɪdjʊˌleɪtərɪ), adjective
C19: back formation from stridulation, from Latin strīdulus creaking, hissing, from strīdēre to make a harsh noise
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