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[uhl-yuh-leyt, yool-] /ˈʌl yəˌleɪt, ˈyul-/
verb (used without object), ululated, ululating.
to howl, as a dog or a wolf; hoot, as an owl.
to utter howling sounds, as in shrill, wordless lamentation; wail.
to lament loudly and shrilly.
Origin of ululate
1615-25; < Latin ululātus, past participle of ululāre to howl, shriek, of imitative orig.; see -ate1
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ululation, noun Unabridged
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  • The fakir raised his voice into a howl—a long, low, ululating howl like that he had uttered when they found him on his dais.

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy
  • Porteous followed, and watched the ululating child with some trepidation.

    Teething Ring James Causey
  • The man was giving vent to a kind of ululating cry, weakened now almost to a whine that rose and fell with the motion of his legs.

    Badge of Infamy Lester del Rey
  • Many of our breeds appear to have become incapable of ululating.

    Domesticated Animals Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • There was an ululating uproar in the incoming screening room, and a war whoop from the top of the Platform.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • Far away, muted by distance, came the ululating wail of a coyote.

    Assassin Jesse Franklin Bone
  • ululating through the din of tom-toms he could catch the wails of women.

    Rung Ho! Talbot Mundy
  • ululating in ear-torturing intensity, the cry sank to a faint, ominous echo of itself, to waver up the scale again.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • ululating howls replied from the surrounding night, and once a red light showed for a second and disappeared in front of them.

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy
British Dictionary definitions for ululating


(intransitive) to howl or wail, as with grief
Derived Forms
ululant, adjective
ululation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ululāre to howl, from ulula screech owl
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Word Origin and History for ululating



1620s, from Latin ululatus, past participle of ululare (see ululation). Related: Ululated; ululating.

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