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ul·u·la·tion

(ŭl'yū-lā'shŭn),
Rarely used term for the inarticulate crying of emotionally disturbed persons.
[L. ululo, pp. -atus, to howl]

ululation

(ŭl″ū-lā′shŭn) [L. ululare, to howl]
Howling; wailing.
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The aged women would receive the bride with ululation (high-pitched tongue trilling common in Arab countries made on occasions of joy) when she is brought to the groom's house.
The thematic and stylistic function and effect of repetition in narrative, story and song; function of body language especially facial expressions; interjections of pause, rhythm and chorus further enhance the aesthetic and thematic value of the song (Finnegan 1970), with varying stresses, tones and ululation.
So a search for this term misses that particular Action where ululation is featured.
The poor bride and groom, escorted by their families, parade around the streets of Alex and feel delighted with the clapping and ululation of their friends, neighbours, relatives and passersby, sharing their nuptial joy, while motorists conk their horns.
In an instance, she began a lugubrious ululation that evolved in her throwing herself on the floor and thrashing about like a captured, dying big fish, groaning, moaning, and gasping, her hands beating the floor like African tribesmen pounding drums.
The response of her audience, a standing ovation and elated ululation, is not a response to the meaning of her poem but rather to the sight and sound of her body finding its ease in place and poetry--the result, that is, of her efforts to become part of place and caravan through staying with what she had experienced as alienating.
The emotional pitch is set very high from the outset: in a play that begins with a crescendo of moaning and ululation, where is one to go for the next two hours?
The siren's ululation, preluding the 71st major air raid of London's nine months' ordeal by fire, sounded at 10.
Moroccan Sephardic women are skilled in the piercing ululation they call barwala or youyou (also common in African and Middle Eastern cultures, and as well in certain regions of Spain).
It was all ululation, singing and dancing by barefoot local residents when the Japanese government delivered the hospital equipment to Rutaka Health Center on Wednesday.
Uvula's ululation," "the Gregorian chant of the soft palate," "Lazarus laughter," and "the sacred snore.
Powerful hip swings progressed to pelvic thrusts as she yelled a high-pitch ululation traditionally shouted by enthusiastic belly-dancing women showing an appreciation for another dancer's skill.