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The singular is 'Borborygmus', and Webster defines it thus:

Main Entry: bor·bo·ryg·mus
Pronunciation: "bor-b&-'rig-m&s
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural bor·bo·ryg·mi /-"mI/
Etymology: New Latin, from Greek borborygmos, from borboryzein to rumble
: intestinal rumbling caused by moving gas

Well, I use it to mean any rumbling inside, or that starts inside and goes outside.

Pets react interestingly to it.

On a day I remember very well, I was lying in bed with my two cats, Merlin and Morgan (named for Sir Henry Morgan the pirate) on either side of me. I hadn't eaten breakfast yet and suddenly this noise came out:


Both cats shot upright, looking wildly about, then turned and stared right at my stomach, their noses nearly touching the bedspread. Any further rumblings were eclipsed by laughter.

On another occasion I had a friend over to dinner and Merlin (little, golden-eyed, the color of a dark chocolate bar) was sitting politely at my guest's feet. The guest cut loose with an unexpected and extremely raucous belch.

Merlin flattened himself against the carpet, his eyes like saucers, staring at my friend. Then he tore off into another room.

I was laughing so hard, I had trouble chewing my mouthful.
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