death rattle

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death rattle

n.
A gurgling or rattling sound sometimes made in the throat of a dying person, caused by loss of the cough reflex and passage of the breath through accumulating mucus.

death rattle

n
a low-pitched gurgling sound sometimes made by a dying person, caused by air passing through an accumulation of mucus in the trachea

death′ rat`tle


n.
a sound produced by a person immediately preceding death, resulting from the passage of air through the mucus in the throat.
[1820–30]
Translations

death rattle

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References in classic literature ?
And, if it was a Christmas Eve, while the great bell, which seemed to emit the death rattle, summoned the faithful to the midnight mass, such an air was spread over the sombre façade that one would have declared that the grand portal was devouring the throng, and that the rose window was watching it.
Only when the victim ceased to struggle and his cries changed to a long-drawn, measured death rattle did the crowd around his prostrate, bleeding corpse begin rapidly to change places.
I heard death rattles and worst of all I smelled death in all its dense, penetrating, difficult-to-describe acrid odor.
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