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stridulate

[strij-uh-leyt]
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verb (used without object), strid·u·lat·ed, strid·u·lat·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsstrid·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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Related Words for stridulate

strident, falsetto, stridulate, stridulous

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Historical Examples of stridulate

  • The insects which employ the fourth method also stridulate during night.

    The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 6

    Various

  • Stridulate: to make a creaking noise by rubbing together two ridged or roughened surfaces.


British Dictionary definitions for stridulate

stridulate

verb
  1. (intr) (of insects such as the cricket) to produce sounds by rubbing one part of the body against another
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Derived Formsstridulation, nounstridulator, nounstridulatory (ˈstrɪdjʊˌleɪtərɪ), adjective

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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