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Topic: TEXTURES, SOUNDS

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: From the sound

thrum

verb
     
thrum past tense and past participle thrummed, present participle thrumming [intransitive]
CS to make a low sound like the sound of an engine:
The engine thrummed into life.
thrum noun [singular]
the thrum of passing cars
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