Word discovery: susurrus
Citation: Quarterdeck A Kydd Sea Adventure by Julian Stockwin, Chapter 4, p. 104, third paragraph.
Usage: “…the ghost-like susurrus of wind in the lines from aloft…”
Meaning: a whispering or rustling sound (merriam-webster); also, a murmur (wiktionary)
Example: The susurrus of leaves swept along the ground by an autumn wind, whispering of the approach of an unforseen storm.
Comments: Say the word and you get a sense of its origins, the “sus” sound of a whispered utterance, a poetic device to hint at a sound.