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bombinate (BOM-buh-nayt) verb intr.

To make a humming or buzzing noise.

[New Latin bombinatus, past participle of bombinare, apparently coined by Rabelais on basis of Latin bombilare to hum, buzz, from Greek bombyliazein, derivative of bombos.]

"He is often drunk. His head hurts. Snatches of conversation, remembered precepts, prefigured cries of terror bombinate about his skull."
Elspeth Barker; Nobs and the rabble, all in the same boat; Independent on Sunday (London, UK); Sep 22, 1996.

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