Word of the Day – Ululate

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Ululate (verb)

u-loo-lay-t/ yu-loo-lay-t

Howl or wail as an expression of strong emotion, typically grief.

Early 17th century: from Latin ululat- ‘howled, shrieked’, from the verb ululare, of imitative origin. Both listed pronunciations are accepted.

Example sentences

“The crowd ululates as the body is laid out.”

Word of the Day – Ecdysis

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Ecdysis (noun)

ek-die-sis

The process of shedding the old skin (in reptiles) or casting off the outer cuticle (in insects and other arthropods).

Mid 19th century: from Greek ekdusis, from ekduein ‘put off’, from ek- ‘out, off’ + duein ‘put’.

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