Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act, process, or function of stridulating; the power of so doing, or the thin, harsh, creaking noise thus produced; a shrilling. Stridulation is effected by rubbing together hard or rough parts of the body, often specially modified in various ways or that purpose, being thus not vocalization or phonation. It is highly characteristic of many homopterous insects, as the cicadas; of many orthopterous insects, as various locusts or grasshoppers; and of some coleopterous insects, or beetles. It rarely occurs in lepidopterous insects, but has been observed in some butterflies and moths, and also in a few spiders, as of the genus Theridion. Those homopterous insects in which it is specially marked are named Stridulantia.
- n. A high-pitched chirping, grating, hissing, or squeaking sound, as male crickets and grasshoppers make by rubbing certain body parts together.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of making shrill sounds or musical notes by rubbing together certain hard parts, as is done by the males of many insects, especially by Orthoptera, such as crickets, grasshoppers, and locusts.
- n. The noise itself.
- n. a shrill grating or chirping noise made by some insects by rubbing body parts together
“Mary Ball (1812-1892) discovered the underwater stridulation of the Notonectidæ”
“After all, where else would I be able to brag about the happiness I found in finally hearing what the defensive stridulation of a dung beetle sounds like?”
“His voice becomes a mere stridulation for the stating of formula; he seems deaf to all but properly enunciated problems.”
“Another nice little adaptive feature of H. nigriceps is that some of the quills have become modified into an organ of stridulation.”
“The shrill, small voice of the sunbird is almost indistinguishable from the stridulation of one of the leaf insects, which makes its amorous noises in the evening as well as during the sunny hours.”
“That he was not the only one to respond with an involuntary stridulation of shock was shown by the number of abrasive chirrups that echoed in close succession through the various individual workstations.”
“The woods were very quiet, except for a soft scratching sound in the distance that might have been the stridulation of some insect—but Kirk immediately put that thought away; on a new planet, there was no predicting anything at all without data, and your suppositions could kill you without warning.”
“Sympathetic stridulation by those of like mind momentarily filled the room with the din of a hundred improperly tuned violas.”
“Whistles of derision and rising stridulation threatened to drown him out, but this time the specialist would not be denied.”
“His feet scraped the uneven floor, and his voice, beginning with a melodic stridulation, became the voice of a child:”
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