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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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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.
Appropriately enough, she begins the piece by chanting the prayer for the wearing of phylacteries, using a vocal ornament called taqrir that sounds almost like ululation and that comes straight out of Persian classical technique.
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?
At every North Dakota State University graduation nowadays, when I hear a Sudanese graduate serenaded with enthusiastic ululation from female relatives in the crowd, I am reminded that this is not the North Dakota I came to 32 years ago.
The siren's ululation, preluding the 71st major air raid of London's nine months' ordeal by fire, sounded at 10.
Replacing the dead beloved once adorned in mortuary splendor, Barnabas himself becomes a grotesque corpse-impersonator who attaches locks of women's hair that protrude from his cap and whose falsetto ululation warns of the dangers of La Tour d'amour.
I felt my anger, my sorrow rise in my chest and burst out as a fierce ululation that took the other women by surprise.
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.
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.
It is followed by shouting, ululation, and lullilooing within the secret society, and this is, in turn, followed by a group of energetic teenagers shouting inharmoniously.
He had corresponded with the leaders of Mohammedan religious thought, and had finally induced a distinguished Moslem-one of whose names was Akbar and the rest an untranslatable ululation of Allah with attributes-to come and lecture in England on the ancient Moslem veto on wine.