|Roald Dahl's utterly enchanting Big Friendly Giant|
Noun. Mid-19th century.
[from French clair clear + AUDIENCE, after CLAIRVOYANCE.]
The supposed faculty of perceiving, as if by hearing, what is inaudible.
clairaudient adj. & noun (a) adj. having the faculty of clairaudience; of the nature of or pertaining to clairaudience; (b) noun a clairaudient person. M19
One of the oft forgotten talents of the BFG is his superhearing, or clairaudience, although Roald Dahl doesn't call it as such in his enchanting book, and as this ability stems from his superlarge ears, it might not even be a supernatural ability at all. Still, the BFG's aural acuity is so keen that he can hear music from far away stars, the screams of flowers as they're picked, the clumpety-clump-clump of ladybirds walking across leaves, and even the chatter of tiny spiders, who the BFG describes as 'the most tremendous natterboxes'. And as for their singing, which a spider always does when spinning its web, the BFG says its singing is 'sweeter than a nightingull', which, considering that the BFG is privy to 'all the secret whisperings of the world', must be very, very sweet indeed.
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