susurration

susurration

[soo-suh-rey-shuhn]
noun
a soft murmur; whisper.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin susurrātiōn- (stem of susurrātiō), equivalent to susurrāt(us) (past participle of susurrāre; see susurrus, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

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susurrate (ˈsjuːsəˌreɪt)
 
vb
literary (intr) to make a soft rustling sound; whisper; murmur
 
[C17: from Latin susurrāre to whisper]
 
susurrant
 
adj
 
susur'ration
 
n
 
'susurrus
 
n

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susurration
"whisper, murmur," c.1400, from L. susurrationem (nom. susurratio), from pp. of susurrare, from susurrus "murmur, whisper," a reduplication of the PIE imitative base *swer- (cf. Skt. svarati "sounds, resounds," Gk. syrinx "flute," L. surdus "dull, mute," O.C.S. svirati "to whistle," Lith. surmo "pipe,
shawm," Ger. schwirren "to buzz," O.E. swearm "swarm").
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