circa 1656, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1
Latin sibilatus, past participle of sibilare
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“Sibilate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sibilate. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.
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