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murmur

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Kertesz (1909)--Catalogued world species of Ancylorrhynchus including the following 10 Afrotropical species: cruciger, fulvicollis, humeralis, maculatus, quadrimaculatus, susurrus, tricolor (with Reynaudii as synonym), unifasciatus, variegatus.
fleshes out the ambiguities inherent in the term susurrus as an extension of the Hellenistic cicada-sounding poetics.
There's also a spa as alluring as its name (Susurrus) and an elegant restaurant capitalizing on local bounty, from lamb to goat cheese and farm-fresh herbs.
The words of one of the poems that is being recited belong to a poem that he had often made his father read to him when he was a boy, "The Burial of Sir John Moore." Warren's rendering of this memory makes the moment ambiguous as well as suspenseful by referring to his father only as "the figure in the other bed" who made a "faint sound" but "never moved." His realization that the sounds are words, poems recited in "hushed susurrus," is a powerful moment, but also another ambiguous one.
We lay quietly, separately, until the world's background music resumed--the ticking of the radiator; the hum of the refrigerator motor; from the canyon far below, the muffled beep of car horns amid the susurrus of red-light stop and green-light go--all of it as familiar and grounding as a heartbeat.
May a susurrus of light applause come bathe the roof.
There's no greater sensory experience than listening to millions of them beating their wings to produce a collective shussssh or soft murmuring sound, which scientists call a susurrus. The overall effect of this sound reverberating through an otherwise silent pine forest is heart stopping.
We meet Stumpp, a former big-game hunter, who has furnished the museum with his stuffed prey and now, dispirited and bored, sits in the elephant room among the great dead creatures ("his old friends"), listening to the air conditioning, which sounds to him like music: "Susurrus of celestial murmurings." Stumpp's spirits are restored by a little girl protesting his Museum: the feisty Emily Bliss Pickless, "a mature 8," who knows you have to act dumb around adults, who would like to be a triggerman or a poet when she grows up, and who when fearful of being attacked recalls b eing told that in an emergency you should call 911, and shrieks out "Nineone-one!" with the "lung power of a diva."
And there came, like the dry susurrus of wind before thunder peals and lightning, a great rustle of excitement, the pages of minds turning in welcome to the novel sense of freedom and the exhilarating lack of defined direction.
They hear the susurrus of his hand exploring the surface of the wall, the frayed corduroy at his cuffs catching on barbs of cinder, & then they're sensible of another sound, coming out of the dark.
I'm fed up with wall-to-wall walruses on my TV set, especially because the shows always seem to be fronted by the most tedious species known to man - the whispering Attenbore (Attenbore susurrus).