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.
The event is usually marked by celebratory ululation and jubilation from partisans, friends and well wishers of the newly elected president.
As the families and friends gathered ahead of the highly anticipated arrival of the plane, cries of happiness and ululation rang in the hall to welcome Machnouk and many thanked him for his efforts in securing the release of the three businessmen.
Freedom of speech is not freedom of no-holds-barred-anything-goes ululation.
Ululation (the trilling sound made by Arab women during celebrations) breaks out on the gallery of the House of Representatives after the cancellation of article_308 #Jordan
He looked down and remembered Garang's speech he and his father heard over the radio many years ago; that "peace will bless us once more with hearing the happy giggling of children and the enchanting ululation of women who are excited in happiness for one reason or another.
Some female mourners fought back their tears and let out traditional ululation in a gesture of joy over her "martyrdom".
In Middle Eastern cultures as well as some parts of Africa, ululation is frequently used in emotional events including weddings and funerals.
Suddenly, in a moment the quiet, orderly congregation busted into whistles, ululation and shouts.
Like Varda, Djebar renounced the silent image, frozen in time and space, manifest in the long legacy of Orientalist tradition, such as Delacroix's painting Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement, and attempted to release the noise silenced in the picture: conversation, music, dances, murmurs, ululation, Berber, and the classical and dialectical registers of Arabic, lost within the French archive.