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stridulate

[strij-uh-leyt] /ˈstrɪdʒ əˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), stridulated, stridulating.
1.
to produce a shrill, grating sound, as a cricket does, by rubbing together certain parts of the body; shrill.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; back formation from stridulation. See stridulous, -ate1, -ion
Related forms
stridulation, noun
stridulatory
[strij-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈstrɪdʒ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
unstridulating, adjective
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  • Some ants produce sounds by stridulation, using the gaster segments and their mandibles.
British Dictionary definitions for stridulation

stridulate

/ˈstrɪdjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (of insects such as the cricket) to produce sounds by rubbing one part of the body against another
Derived Forms
stridulation, noun
stridulator, noun
stridulatory (ˈstrɪdjʊˌleɪtərɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C19: back formation from stridulation, from Latin strīdulus creaking, hissing, from strīdēre to make a harsh noise
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