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[strij-uh-luh s]
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  1. Also strid·u·lant. making or having a harsh or grating sound.
  2. Pathology. pertaining to or characterized by stridor.
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Origin of stridulous

1605–15; < Latin strīdulus, equivalent to strīd- (see strident) + -ulus -ulous
Related formsstrid·u·lous·ly, adverbstrid·u·lous·ness, nounun·strid·u·lous, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • 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

    John Burroughs

  • The dog maintained a stridulous barking; and James Polder carried her, in an ecstasy of snarling ill-temper, out.

    The Three Black Pennys

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for stridulous



  1. making a harsh, shrill, or grating noise
  2. pathol of, relating to, or characterized by stridor
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Derived Formsstridulously or stridulantly, adverbstridulousness or stridulance, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin strīdulus, from strīdēre to make a harsh noise. See strident
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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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stridulous in Medicine


  1. Characterized by or making a shrill grating sound or noise.
  2. Relating to or characterized by stridor.
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