Word Of The Day 3-16-2017


strid·u·lous \ˈstri-jə-ləs\
Popularity: Bottom 30% of words


Emitting a particularly harsh or shrill sound.


In passing through some parts where a good shower of rain has fallen, the stridulous piercing notes of the cicadae are perfectly deafening; a drab-colored cricket joins the chorus with a sharp sound, which has as little modulation as the drone of a Scottish bagpipe.

Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

Screw your lyre up to concert pitch, and go on with your stridulous performances!
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 21, July, 1859

The emancipated ghosts floated in all directions, emitting their shrill and stridulous cries in the gleaming expanse.
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 12, No. 342, November 22, 1828

Whereupon Dinky-Dunk argued that we ought to forgive an invalid his stridulous preaching about bravery and manliness and his over-emphasis of fortitude, since it was plainly based on an effort to react against a constitutional weakness for which he himself couldn’t be blamed.
The Prairie Wife

Amid a shower of such words, springing from men’s perverse blindness to the binding propriety of keeping all propositions as to what is the best way of living in respect of place, hours, companionship, strictly relative to each individual case, Rousseau stubbornly shook the dust of the city from off his feet, and sought new life away from the stridulous hum of men.

The characteristic sounds of midsummer are the sharp, whirring crescendo of the cicada or harvest fly, and the rasping, stridulous notes of the nocturnal insects.
Birds and Poets : with Other Papers


The word ‘stridulous’ comes from a Latin word meaning ‘to creak’.




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