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[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.
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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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Related Words for ululate

bellow, hoot, yowl, bark, moan, growl, whimper, shout, blubber, clamor, groan, wail, bawl, quest, weep, shriek, outcry, yelp, lament, roar

British Dictionary definitions for ululate


  1. (intr) to howl or wail, as with grief
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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


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

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