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v. strid·u·lat·ed, strid·u·lat·ing, strid·u·lates
To produce a shrill grating, chirping, or hissing sound by rubbing body parts together, as certain insects do.
To produce by rubbing body parts together: "The crickets stridulated their everlasting monotonous meaningful note" (John Updike).
[From Latin strīdulus, stridulous; see stridulous.]
strid′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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(Zoology) (intr) (of insects such as the cricket) to produce sounds by rubbing one part of the body against another
[C19: back formation from stridulation, from Latin strīdulus creaking, hissing, from strīdēre to make a harsh noise]
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v.i. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
to produce a shrill, grating sound by rubbing together certain parts of the body: crickets stridulating.
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Past participle: stridulated
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|Verb||1.||stridulate - make a shrill creaking noise by rubbing together special bodily structures; "male insects such as crickets or grasshoppers stridulate"|
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