ululate

[uhl-yuh-leyt, yool-]
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verb (used without object), ul·u·lat·ed, ul·u·lat·ing.
  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 of ululate

1615–25; < Latin ululātus, past participle of ululāre to howl, shriek, of imitative orig.; see -ate1
Related formsul·u·la·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ululate

ululate

verb
  1. (intr) to howl or wail, as with grief
Derived Formsululant, adjectiveululation, noun

Word Origin for ululate

C17: from Latin ululāre to howl, from ulula screech owl
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Word Origin and History for ululate
v.

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

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