stridulate

[ strij-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈstrɪdʒ əˌleɪt /

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

1830–40; back formation from stridulation. See stridulous, -ate1, -ion

Related forms

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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stridulate

/ (ˈstrɪdjʊˌleɪt) /

verb

(intr) (of insects such as the cricket) to produce sounds by rubbing one part of the body against another

Derived Forms

stridulation, 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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