- Also strid·u·lant. making or having a harsh or grating sound.
- Pathology. pertaining to or characterized by stridor.
Origin of stridulous
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Examples from the Web for stridulous
He alternates his tapping with his stridulous call, and the effect on a cool, autumn-like morning is very pleasing.A Year in the Fields
The dog maintained a stridulous barking; and James Polder carried her, in an ecstasy of snarling ill-temper, out.The Three Black Pennys
The emancipated ghosts floated in all directions, emitting their shrill and stridulous cries in the gleaming expanse.
The vestal silence remained unbroken by the stridulous clarinet and the blatant trombones.
- making a harsh, shrill, or grating noise
- pathol of, relating to, or characterized by stridor
C17: from Latin strīdulus, from strīdēre to make a harsh noise. See strident
Word Origin and History for stridulous
1610s, from Latin stridulus "giving a shrill sound, creaking," from stridere "to utter an inarticulate sound, grate, creak" (see strident). Stridulation is first recorded 1838.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Characterized by or making a shrill grating sound or noise.
- Relating to or characterized by stridor.