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sibilant
used in Leaves of Grass

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Definition
characterized by a hissing sound — as made when pronouncing the letter "s"
  • This face is a dog's snout sniffing for garbage, Snakes nest in that mouth, I hear the sibilant threat.
    Book 32 — FROM NOON TO STARRY NIGHT (10% in)
  • As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life 1 As I ebb'd with the ocean of life, As I wended the shores I know, As I walk'd where the ripples continually wash you Paumanok, Where they rustle up hoarse and sibilant, Where the fierce old mother endlessly cries for her castaways, I musing late in the autumn day, gazing off southward, Held by this electric self out of the pride of which I utter poems, Was seiz'd by the spirit that trails in the lines underfoot, The rim, the sediment that stands for...
    Book 19 — SEA-DRIFT (41% in)
  • Whispers of Heavenly Death Whispers of heavenly death murmur'd I hear, Labial gossip of night, sibilant chorals, Footsteps gently ascending, mystical breezes wafted soft and low, Ripples of unseen rivers, tides of a current flowing, forever flowing, (Or is it the plashing of tears? the measureless waters of human tears?
    Book 30 — WHISPERS OF HEAVENLY DEATH (6% in)
  • Flooding with sheeny light the gray beach sand, The sibilant near sea with vistas far and foam, And tawny streaks and shades and spreading blue; O sun of noon refulgent! my special word to thee.
    Book 32 — FROM NOON TO STARRY NIGHT (1% in)

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