Definition of bombilate in English:

bombilate

verb

[NO OBJECT]rare
  • Buzz; hum.

    • ‘Smoke, indeed, was pouring out of the dining room, and the gong was bombilating.’
    • ‘I was exhausted and losing concentration but a few insects were bombilating in from the flight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a fine echo about these words, which keeps bombilating round and round in the head with utter defiance of sense and progress.’
    hum, drone, bumble, whir, fizz, fuzz, hiss, sing, murmur, whisper
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Origin

Late 19th century: from medieval Latin bombilare ‘to buzz’, from Latin bombus ‘humming’ (see bomb).

Pronunciation

bombilate

/ˈbɒmbɪleɪt/