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2011-05-15 07:35:00

Throughout the southern United States and as far north as Illinois and Indiana, the noisy sounds of billions of red-eyed cicadas are ringing out for the first time since 1998.After living quietly underground for the past 13 years, the insects -- dubbed the "Great Southern Brood" by scientists -- are emerging to mate and quickly die off.One traveler through the area said he heard a high-pitched whirring so loud he thought the engine of his truck was overheating. "I was getting ready to raise...


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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