Definition of bombilate in English:

bombilate

Line breaks: bom¦bi|late
Pronunciation: /ˈbɒmbɪleɪt
 
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verb

[no object] rare
  • Buzz; hum.
    More example sentences
    • The front part of the house buzzed and bombilated with them, and a constant hum came from the rear.
    • The parish priest bombilated like a great bee.
    • I was exhausted and losing concentration but a few insects were bombilating in from the flight.

Derivatives

bombilation

noun
More example sentences
  • This bombilation aroused the house, and a waiter entered the room flourishing a napkin authoritatively.
  • They take the form of a submerged roar, a bombilation of sound coming up from the bottom of the sea.
  • When the bombilation became too fearful, Lovaina called out from her bed: "Make smaller noise! Nobody is asleep!"

Origin

late 19th century: from medieval Latin bombilare 'to buzz', from Latin bombus 'humming' (see bomb).

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