ululate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin ululāre (to howl), of imitative origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈjuːljuleɪt/, /ˈʊljəleɪt/
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

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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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

ululate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of ululare
  2. second-person plural imperative of ululare
  3. feminine plural of ululato

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

ululāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of ululō