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Psithurism [sy-thur-iz'um]
noun

Definition
Whispering; a whispering noise, as of leaves moved by the wind

Etymology
From a Greek word that I can't paste into LJ because it doesn't like the funny letters - gosh, why do I keep picking Greek? - meaning 'to whisper.'

First seen
1872 M. Collins Pr. Clarice II. xix. 218
Psithurism of multitudinous leaves made ghostly music

Usage
Psithurism does not sound like a beautiful word, or as though it would describe a lovely thing, but even a pessimistic crank like me can't resist the psithurism of Autumnal leaves.
Tags: greek, noun, p, wordsmith: nerdfury
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