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Monday, April 13, 2009

susurrus

\su-SUHR-uhs\ , noun;
1.
A whispering or rustling sound; a murmur.
Quotes:
Still, the breeze is soothing, as is the susurrus of the branches.
-- Michael Finkel, "Tree Surfing and Other Lofty Pleasures", The Atlantic, March 1998
And there came, like the dry susurrus of wind before thunder peals and lightning, a great rustle of excitement.
-- Richard Whittington-Egan, "The Edwardian literary afternoon: part one", Contemporary Review, April 2000
He heard the susurrus of curtains luffed by the breeze.
-- Erik Larson, Isaac's Storm
Origin:
Susurrus comes from the Latin susurrus, "a murmuring, a whispering, a humming."
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