ululate

[uhl-yuh-leyt, yool-]
verb (used without object), ululated, ululating.
1.
to howl, as a dog or a wolf; hoot, as an owl.
2.
to utter howling sounds, as in shrill, wordless lamentation; wail.
3.
to lament loudly and shrilly.

Origin:
1615–25; < Latin ululātus, past participle of ululāre to howl, shriek, of imitative orig.; see -ate1

ululation, noun
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ululate (ˈjuːljʊˌleɪt)
 
vb
(intr) to howl or wail, as with grief
 
[C17: from Latin ululāre to howl, from ulula screech owl]
 
'ululant
 
adj
 
ulu'lation
 
n

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ululation
1599, from L. ululationem (nom. ululatio) "a howling or wailing," from pp. stem of ululare "ululate," a reduplicated imitative base (cf. Gk. ololyzein "to cry aloud," Skt. ululih "a howling," Lith. uluti "howl," Gael. uileliugh "wail of lamentation," O.E. ule "owl").
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Example sentences
The performances are slow and somber, dropping to a whisper or building to a breaking ululation.
The sound of ululation could be heard from sea to shining sea.
The one surprise that will cause deafening ululation from womenfolk.
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