ululation

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin ululātiō, from ululō (I howl, yell, shriek).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Particularly: "UK"

Noun[edit]

ululation (plural ululations)

  1. A long, loud, mournful cry or howl.
    • 1980, Deborah Helene Kavasch, An introduction to extended vocal techniques: some compositional aspects and performance problems
      Because it is not as reliable as the simple ululation or the louder cross-register ululation, it should be allowed a certain amount of preparation time.
    • 2007, Amal Fadlalla, Embodying Honor: Fertility, Foreignness, and Regeneration in Eastern Sudan, Univ of Wisconsin Press (ISBN 9780299223830), page 109
      Maryam, my research assistant, and I were going through some interviews we had conducted the previous day, when cheerful ululation disrupted our discussion.
    • 2014, Peter Ship, McNiven, Xlibris Corporation (ISBN 9781499018806), page 198
      The Queen had heard ululation many times in the past as she travelled the world, particularly in Africa, but this time, the sound made her shiver. Ululation is found in some singing techniques and ritual situations.
    • 2014, Rosinka Chaudhuri, Letters from a Young Poet: 1887-1895, Penguin UK (ISBN 9789351186366)
      Besides which, the sound of the ululation brought my own past and future, my entire life, in front of my eyes like a very long road, and it was as if this ululation was reaching the ear from its most distant and shadowy edges. This is how my day began.

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