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bray 1

v. brayed, bray·ing, brays
1. To utter the loud, harsh cry of a donkey.
2. To sound loudly and harshly: The foghorn brayed all night.
To emit (an utterance or a sound) loudly and harshly.
1. The loud, harsh cry of a donkey.
2. A sound resembling that of a donkey: "an endless bray of pointless jocosity" (Louis Auchincloss).

[Middle English braien, from Old French braire, from Vulgar Latin *bragere, of Celtic origin.]

bray 2

tr.v. brayed, bray·ing, brays
1. To crush and pound to a fine consistency, as in a mortar.
2. To spread (ink) thinly over a surface.

[Middle English braien, from Old French breier, of Germanic origin; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.]
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Don Quixote was thunderstruck, Sancho astounded, the cousin staggered, the page astonished, the man from the braying town agape, the landlord in perplexity, and, in short, everyone amazed at the words of the puppet-showman, who went on to say, "And thou, worthy Sancho Panza, the best squire and squire to the best knight in the world!
In the new experiments at Mornay Firth, Scotland, Janik could usually trace braying to a dolphin zooming underwater as if chasing fish, he reports in May 7 PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON B.
One old experiment determined the sound level needed to kill a guppy, but braying a fish to death turned out to be ridiculously hard.