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1. A low, indistinct, continuous sound: spoke in a murmur; the murmur of the waves.
2. An indistinct, whispered, or confidential complaint; a mutter.
3. Medicine An abnormal sound, usually emanating from the heart, that sometimes indicates a diseased condition.
v. mur·mured, mur·mur·ing, mur·murs
1. To make a low, continuous, indistinct sound or succession of sounds.
2. To complain in low mumbling tones; grumble.
To say in a low indistinct voice; utter indistinctly: murmured his approval.

[Middle English murmure, from Old French, from Latin murmur, a humming, roaring, of imitative origin.]

mur′mur·er n.
mur′mur·ing·ly adv.
mur′mur·ous adj.
mur′mur·ous·ly adv.
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(ˈmɜr mər əs)

characterized by murmurs; low and indistinct.
mur′mur•ous•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.murmurous - characterized by soft sounds; "a murmurous brook"; "a soughing wind in the pines"; "a slow sad susurrous rustle like the wind fingering the pines"- R.P.Warren
soft - (of sound) relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music"
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Beyond this the path wound through a forest of fir, where a wood wind wove its murmurous spell and a wood brook dimpled pellucidly among the shadows--the dear, companionable, elfin shadows--that lurked under the low growing boughs.
The hushed air was threaded with a murmurous refrain of minstrel winds and waves.
Men with turned backs held listening postures, the whole room tuned to the murmurous group he was joining.
It is set in the springtime month of May, when the nightingale arrives, but the bird sings "of" summer (10), and its song precipitates in the poet a reverie on the coming summer flowers, concluding with the "musk rose, full of dewy wine, / The murmurous haunt of flies on summer eves" (49-50)." This line, unlike any of the references to the nightingale's song itself, mimics the sound to which it refers.
Shiva is over for the night, we are putting our shoes on over our socks, some black, some with clocks, some white and athletic, and we are getting ready to get up from our chairs (or boxes) and drive down--in second gear--to the Second Avenue Deli and have a plate full of whitefish or some lox and cream cheese and be almost murmurous, like birds utterly worn out from a daytime of extreme whistling, and peter down as the light leaves us, in late August where we will have to be retrieving some thick wool blankets from the blanket box, or at least a heavier sheet than usual, maybe something netted or cottony.