stridulation :

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  • n  a shrill grating or chirping noise made by some insects by rubbing body parts together

  • Or merely a noise produced, like the voice of a cricket, by the violent stridulation of the legs? Words occasionally can be made out, like raisins in cornmeal mush.
  • Never before had the town heard such nocturnal stridulation, never before had such hosts of shiny, self-assured intruders appeared out of floor chinks, clothes closets, rugs .

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