mur·​mur·​a·​tion | \ ˌmərməˈrāshən \
plural -s

Definition of murmuration

1 : the act of murmuring : the utterance of low continuous sounds or complaining noises the murmuration of the crowds— A. E. Richardson ceaseless, inarticulate murmuration of prayer— Frederic Prokosch
2 of starlings : flock in the stackyard there was a great murmuration of starlings— Mary Webb

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History and Etymology for murmuration

Middle English murmuracioun, from Middle French murmuration, from Latin murmuration-, murmuratio, from murmuratus (past participle of murmurare) + -ion-, -io -ion

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“Murmuration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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