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

  • adj. Loud and resounding: plangent bells.
  • adj. Expressing or suggesting sadness; plaintive: "From a doorway came the plangent sounds of a guitar” ( Malcolm Lowry).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having a loud, mournful sound
  • adj. beating, dashing, as waves.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Beating; dashing, as a wave.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Beating; dashing, as waves.
  • Resounding; clashing; noisy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. loud and resounding

Etymologies

Latin plangēns, plangent-, present participle of plangere, to strike, lament; see plāk-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin plangens from plangere “to beat” (Wiktionary)

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