Definition of ululate in English:

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ululate

Pronunciation: /ˈjuːljʊleɪt/
/ˈʌljʊleɪt/

verb

[no object]
Howl or wail as an expression of strong emotion, typically grief: women were ululating as the body was laid out
More example sentences
  • A line of police cars screamed by, lights flashing, sirens wailing and ululating.
  • We may weep a little rather than ululate, gnash our teeth or wail to the rhythm of a thousand drums.
  • Women greet each other by ululating, or making a high pitched sound by trilling the tongue.

Derivatives

ululant

Pronunciation: /ˈjuːljʊlənt/ /ˈʌljʊlənt/
adjective
Example sentences
  • From the floor a ululant howling roared.
  • While we allow wolves and foxes to be ululant, the head posture is an SCA invention.

ululation

Pronunciation: /juːljʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
/ʌljʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe - reviled by the west - was greeted by screams, clapping and ululation in Dar es Salaam on Monday at the opening of a summit of southern African countries.
  • In the days to follow, Charles would argue that this high-pitched ululation was the real reason for the crash.
  • Why does Danny Elfman's music score erupt with Arabic-sounding ululations if not to make us think of the Middle East?

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin ululat- 'howled, shrieked', from the verb ululare, of imitative origin.

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