murmuration

noun mur·mur·a·tion \ ˌmərməˈrāshən \

Definition of murmuration

plural -s
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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Origin and Etymology of 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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