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t-t-t-t-t-t-t.
n.  the soft, rapid, excited call of the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, as described by Tomm Lorenzin in “Birdsong Mnemonics.”


t-t-trrr.
n.  the loud call of the Pale-Eyed Pygmy-Tyrant bird, as described in A Guide to the Birds of Panama by Robert S. Ridgely; see also trrrrr.


tch.
interj.  a sound indicating a sudden realization.

<Door looked down at her scroll some more and then looked around the hall, more carefully.  She made a face.  “Tch,” she explained, and took off back down the stairs, the way they had come.  —Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere.>

interj.  a sound of disbelief.

<A chorus of tuts and tsks and tchs ran around the table as Mrs. Higgler and Mrs. Dunwiddy and Mrs. Bustamonte and Miss Noles clicked their tongues and shook their heads..  —Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys.>

interj.  a sound of disgust.

<She went off with a young man ... on a horse.  Tch.  I ask you.  —Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors.>

tchhhhhhh.
n.  the thump of a heartbeat.

<His heart was beating so hard beneath his sternum, he could hear it when he opened his mouth... tchhhhhhh tchhhhhhh tchhhhhhh tchhhhhhh.  —Tom Wolfe, A Man in Full.>


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