Purring tribble

Uhura holding a purring tribble

A purr was a guttural sound made by various types of animals. It was often done as an indication of pleasure or happiness. (TAS: "The Terratin Incident"; TNG: "Schisms")

In 2268, Nyota Uhura was delighted when the tribble she held began to purr. Cyrano Jones assured her that it meant the tribble liked her. (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles")

Cats were well-known for their purring, particularly when petted. In his poem Ode to Spot, Data referred to this sound as "a singular development of cat communications". (TNG: "Schisms") Reginald Barclay's cat Neelix also purred. According to Deanna Troi, this trait probably influenced Barclay's decision to make a holographic recreation of the actual Neelix purr. (VOY: "Life Line") Montgomery Scott and Miles O'Brien both compared starship engines to kittens purring; Scott in 2269 (USS Enterprise), and O'Brien in 2370 (USS Prometheus). (TAS: "The Terratin Incident"; DS9: "Second Sight")

Caitians often purred when they spoke. (Star Trek: The Animated Series)

Guinan's imaginary friend, a Tarcassian razor beast, had "the softest purr you'd ever heard." (TNG: "Imaginary Friend")

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