ululate

[ uhl-yuh-leyt, yool- ]
/ ˈʌl yəˌleɪt, ˈyul- /

verb (used without object), ul·u·lat·ed, ul·u·lat·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 1615–25; from Latin ululātus, past participle of ululāre “to howl, shriek,” of imitative origin; akin to Greek hylân, ololýzein “to howl, wail,” Sanskrit ululí- “howling”; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM ululate

ul·u·la·tion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for ululate

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

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  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for ululate

ululate
/ (ˈjuːljʊˌleɪt) /

verb

(intr) to howl or wail, as with grief

Derived forms of ululate

ululant, adjectiveululation, noun

Word Origin for ululate

C17: from Latin ululāre to howl, from ulula screech owl
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