- 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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