plangent |ˈplanjənt|adjective chiefly poetic/literary(of a sound) loud, reverberating, and often melancholy.DERIVATIVESplangency nounplangently adverbORIGIN early 19th cent.: from Latin plangent-‘lamenting,’ from the verb plangere.
Hm. The plangent mating call of the male bullfrog, perhaps?
I plundered this word--along with a few others--from Carl Hiaasen's Stormy Weather. The story grabbed me and I stayed up till 3 a.m. to finish it. Yet, I don't feel the urge to rush out and buy more of Hiaasen's books. Why is that?