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ululate

[ uhl-yuh-leyt, yool- ]
/ 藞蕦l y蓹藢le瑟t, 藞yul- /
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verb (used without object), ul路u路lat路ed, ul路u路lat路ing.
to howl, as a coyote or wolf, or to hoot, as an owl.
to utter a loud, long, high-pitched, trilling sound that resembles a howl, especially to express grief or joy: the Middle Eastern custom of ululating at weddings and funerals.
to lament loudly and shrilly.
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Origin of ululate

First recorded in 1615鈥25; from Latin ulul膩tus, past participle of ulul膩re 鈥渢o howl, shriek,鈥 of imitative origin; akin to Greek hyl芒n, olol媒zein 鈥渢o howl, wail,鈥 Sanskrit ulul铆- 鈥渉owling鈥; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM ululate

ul路u路la路tion [uhl-yuh-ley-shuhn, yool-], /藢蕦l y蓹藞le瑟 蕛蓹n, 藢yul-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ululate

ululate
/ (藞ju藧lj蕣藢le瑟t) /

verb
(intr) to howl or wail, as with grief

Derived forms of ululate

ululant, adjectiveululation, noun

Word Origin for ululate

C17: from Latin ulul膩re to howl, from ulula screech owl
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