Brontide is a low muffled, rumbling sound like distant thunder heard in certain regions of the world. Brontide was most likely formed from the Greek noun brontḗ (thunder) and the suffix -ide, which is a variant of -id (offspring of).
Brontide is heard in in certain seismic regions especially along seacoasts and over lakes and thought to be caused by feeble earth tremors. While brontide is an uncommon word, I feel that it could be used to describe the sound of actual distant thunder – those low, rolling, vibrating rumbles that happen when there is a storm not far off. Brontide also brings to mind the Bronte’s and their own, unique rumbles that still send tremors out from the literary world. They would’ve been more than familiar with the sounds of brontide as storms rolled across the moors and their lives.
I absolutely adore the term brontide and I intend to use the heck out of it, especially in the stormy months! What do you think about brontide? Do you enjoy the sounds of distant thunder?
Namaste ~ Ella
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