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Thursday, December 27, 2012

stridulous

\STRIJ-uh-luhs\ , adjective;
1.
Also, strid·u·lant. Making or having a harsh or grating sound.
2.
Pathology. Pertaining to or characterized by stridor.
Quotes:
He was about to leave when a stridulous voice cut through the din.
-- Stephen Marlowe, The Death and Life of Miguel De Cervantes
But at this moment the long-drawn, slightly stridulous utterances of Mrs. Brimmer rose through the other greetings like a lazy east wind.
-- The Writings of Bret Harte, The Crusade of the Excelsior
Origin:
Stridulous came from the Latin word stridulus meaning "giving a shrill sound, creaking" from stridere meaning "to utter an inarticulate sound, grate, creak."
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