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Caterwaul

[ka-tər-ˌwȯl]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Late Middle English

1.

To wail harshly and loudly

2.

To utter a shrill shriek, like that of a cat

Examples of Caterwaul in a sentence

"I awoke to the violent caterwauling of an angry tomcat outside."

"When she heard the horrible news, she caterwauled so loudly she could be heard from outside."

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About Caterwaul

Cats are capable of a remarkable range of sounds. They can caterwaul and gently purr. But the loudest purr of a cat ever recorded was by a cat named Merlin, who was able to purr at 67 dbA — loud enough to be heard over a television with the volume blasting.

Did you Know?

Caterwaul comes directly from the wailing sound that angry (or amorous) cats can make. Cāter is a dutch word meaning tomcat. The -waul aspect of the word probably comes from the sound itself.

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