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strid·u·late  audio  (strj-lt) KEY 

VERB:
strid·u·lat·ed, strid·u·lat·ing, strid·u·lates
VERB:
intr.
To produce a shrill grating, chirping, or hissing sound by rubbing body parts together, as certain insects do.
VERB:
tr.
To produce by rubbing body parts together: "The crickets stridulated their everlasting monotonous meaningful note" (John Updike).

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin strdulus, stridulous ; see stridulous

OTHER FORMS:
stridu·lation(Noun), stridu·la·tory  (-l-tôr, -tr) KEY (Adjective)


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