ululation


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ul·u·late

 (ŭl′yə-lāt′, yo͞ol′-)
intr.v. ul·u·lat·ed, ul·u·lat·ing, ul·u·lates
To howl, wail, or lament loudly, especially by alternating rapidly between two high-pitched sounds.

[Latin ululāre, ululāt-, ultimately of imitative origin.]

ul′u·lant (-lənt) adj.
ul′u·la′tion n.

ululation

1. the act of wailing or hooting.
2. the sound thus produced. — ululant, adj.
See also: Sound
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ululation - a long loud emotional utteranceululation - a long loud emotional utterance; "he gave a howl of pain"; "howls of laughter"; "their howling had no effect"
utterance, vocalization - the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

ululation

noun
A long, mournful cry:
Translations

ululation

[ˌjuːljʊˈleɪʃən] Nululato m

ululation

n (liter, of mourning women) → (Weh)klagen nt (liter); (of dog etc)Heulen nt

ul·u·la·tion

n. ululación, emisión de gritos o alaridos incoordinados de tipo histérico esp. de pacientes mentales.
References in classic literature ?
The overthrown Martian set up a prolonged ululation, and imme- diately a second glittering giant, answering him, appeared over the trees to the south.
As we started there broke from the thick silent woods behind us a sudden great ululation of the ape-men, which may have been a cheer of triumph at our departure or a jeer of contempt at our flight.
It was badly stage-managed; for even the rawest investigators must be struck by the absence of the usual feminine ululation.
Women follow with ululation as if an impromptu back-up choir.
The article argues otherwise and demonstrates how women were exploited during the regime to remain applauders-that is, people being used to make ululation for the regime.
She also includes a five-strong 'village choir' with hand clapping and ululation.
After shaking hands with the head of a constitutional panel, Mourad Medelci, and members of his government, Bouteflika was greeted by celebratory ululation.
Maman Bozorg asked after her daughter and her grandson Parviz, slipping into her familiar ululation and fogging up her glasses.
Each of their selections was interspersed with musical interludes of singing, clapping, ululation and whistling.
The example of the present day ululation, at the instance of the birth of twins to an Igbo family, which but for western contact through Mary Slessor's abolition of the killing of twins in the old Igbo custom, stands distinct amongst other examples.
Then the assembly welcomed the bride to the canopy with their urgent ululation, the sound covering her, embracing her, as an attendant wreathed her in clouds of incense.
The mother of Khalid burst with joyful ululation as soon as she heard that her husband landed at Sharjah International Airport with her son Khalid, Umm Khalid told Gulf News on Thursday.