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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin ululō, ululātus, of imitative origin. Cognate with Spanish aullar (to howl) and ulular (to hoot).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈjuːljuleɪt/, /ˈʊljəleɪt/
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ululate (third-person singular simple present ululates, present participle ululating, simple past and past participle ululated)

  1. to howl loudly or prolongedly in lamentation or joy
    • 1915, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear
      Should I ever marry, Watson, I should hope to inspire my wife with some feeling which would prevent her from being walked off by a housekeeper when my corpse was lying within a few yards of her. It was badly stage-managed; for even the rawest investigators must be struck by the absence of the usual feminine ululation.
  2. to produce a rapid and prolonged series of sharp noises with one's voice.

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