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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A gurgling or rattling sound sometimes made in the throat of a dying person, caused by loss of the cough reflex and passage of the breath through accumulating mucus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The raspy or gurgling sound sometimes made by a person as he or she draws in or expels the final breaths in the moments before dying.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a rattling or gurgling in the throat of a dying person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rattling sound sometimes heard in the last labored breathing of a dying person.

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