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Jun 8, 2011
This week's theme
Onomatopoeic words

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claque
ululate
susurrus
tintinnabulation
cockalorum

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susurrus

PRONUNCIATION:
(soo-SUHR-uhs)

MEANING:
noun: A whispering or rustling sound.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin susurrus (whisper, humming), from susurrare (to whisper or hum), of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1826.

USAGE:
"A susurrus of dismay rustled through the ranks of the Aboriginal leaders gathered there."
Annabel Crabb; Gracious Rudd Turns Grubby; The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Oct 31, 2009.

See more usage examples of susurrus in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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