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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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  • He could not bring himself to be flung into that vortex of ululation.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • It was odd to see the effect that the ululation of the wild cat crying out in the woods had had upon the strapping frontiersman.

    The Bungalow Boys Along the Yukon

    Dexter J. Forrester
British Dictionary definitions for ululation


(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 ululation

1590s, from Latin ululationem (nominative ululatio) "a howling or wailing," noun of action from past participle stem of ululare "ululate," a reduplicated imitative root (cf. Greek ololyzein "to cry aloud," Sanskrit ululih "a howling," Lithuanian uluti "howl," Gaelic uileliugh "wail of lamentation," Old English ule "owl").



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

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