from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To produce a shrill grating, chirping, or hissing sound by rubbing body parts together, as certain insects do.
  • intransitive verb To produce by rubbing body parts together.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make a stridulous noise, as an insect; effect stridulation, as the cicada; grate, scrape, or creak with the organs of stridulation; shrill; chirr.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb (Zoöl.) To make a shrill, creaking noise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To make a high-pitched chirping, grating, hissing, or squeaking sound, as male crickets and grasshoppers do, by rubbing certain body parts together.

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  • verb make a shrill creaking noise by rubbing together special bodily structures


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

[From Latin strīdulus, stridulous; see stridulous.]

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Back-formation from stridulation. (From earlier term stridulous; from Latin strīdulus ("giving a shrill sound, creaking"), from strīdō ("utter a shrill or harsh sound; creak, shriek, grate, hiss"))


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