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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′tion n.
strid′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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1. an action characteristic of some insects of producing a shrill, grating noise by chafing a serrated part of the body against a hard part.
2. the noise so produced. — stridulator, n.stridulant, stridulatory, adj.
See also: Insects
1. the producing of a shrill, grating noise by chafing a serrated part of the body against a hard part.
2. the noise so produced. — stridulator, n. — stridulant, stridulatory, adj.
See also: Sound
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stridulation - a shrill grating or chirping noise made by some insects by rubbing body parts together
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
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References in periodicals archive ?
La stridulation qui semble constituee le chant de ralliement des acridiens de tout bord s'est transformee en bruit de fond.
Ingrisch S (1998b) Monograph of the Oriental Agraeciini (Insecta, Ensifera, Tettigoniidae): Taxonomic revision, phylogeny, biogeography, stridulation, and development.
behaviors in spiders include percussion, stridulation, and tremulation,
(1980) Some notes on larval stridulation in Neotropical Passalidae (Coleoptera: Lamellicornia).
We present the first empirical evidence in aquatic Isopoda that males of Cymodoce japonica produce sound by stridulation, or the rubbing together of body parts.
Bark beetles (Coleoptera: Scolytinae) produce acoustic signals via stridulation that function in pair formation (Barr 1969; Ryker & Rudinsky 1976b), male-male competition (Rudinsky & Michael 1974; Rudinsky & Ryker 1976), release from predators (Lewis & Cane 1990) and the potential mediation of intraspecific competition among females (Rudinsky & Michael 1973).
Sismondo, "Synchronous, alternating, and phase-locked stridulation by a tropical katydid," Science, vol.
Field Notes--When you've held catfish to unhook them or snap a photo, you may have heard them make high-frequency croaking, or stridulation, types of sounds.
Sorensen (1895) hypothesized that pectoral stridulation in South American catfishes could alert predators to the spine, and therefore Kaatz (1999) suggested that these sounds may have an aposematic function (Tellechea et al., 2011).