I have a question about the verb clack in the following paragraph taken from Sandkings by George R. R. Martin. In this paragraph, the protagonist, Simon Kress, is being shown a strange kind of creature by someone named Jala Wo.
“Note the colors, if you will,” Wo told him. She pointed to the creatures that swarmed over the nearest castle. One was scrabbling at the tank wall. Kress studied it. It still looked like an insect to his eyes. Barely as long as his fingernail, six-limbed, with six tiny eyes set all around its body. A wicked set of mandibles clacked visibly, while two long, fine antennae wove patterns in the air. Antennae, mandibles, eyes, and legs were sooty black, but the dominant color was the burnt orange of its armor plating.
What does he mean by "clacked visibly"? Clack is defined, for example, by Collins as
- to make or cause to make a sound like that of two pieces of wood hitting each other.
There is some disagreement over on Spanish SE about the meaning of clack in this context. (See, for example, https://spanish.stackexchange.com/posts/comments/32165?noredirect=1.) There are those who feel that "clack" is always about sound, and the visibility mentioned here just adds another type of perception. But there are others who feel that the "clacking" in this case is purely visual.
Is it possible for "clacking" not to include sound in its meaning?
In other words, does the "visibly" knock out the "audibly" that is normally understood by the word clacking?