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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.


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
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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Sound production was associated with tail-lifting behavior, suggesting that stridulation occurs on thoracic and/or abdominal somites.
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).
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.
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Primitive bushcrickets and croaking amphibians were among the first animals to produce loud sounds by stridulation (rubbing certain body parts together).
In these lesser water boatmen the area used for stridulation is only about 50 micrometers across, roughly the width of a human hair.
All Arthrosphaeridae share stridulation organs as important apomorphies in both the female (the washboard) and the male sex (the harp).
Systematics and distribution of Brachistosternus (Brachistosternus) ehrenbergii (Gervais, 1841) with the first record of stridulation in this genus Brachistosternus (Scorpiones: Bothriuridae).