from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a gibbon, especially the silvery gibbon or the agile gibbon
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See wou-wou.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The active gibbon of Sumatra, Hylobates agilis. Also wou-wou, ungaputi, and oungha.
- n. The silvery gibbon of Java, Hylobates leuciscus. Also wou-wou, wau-wau, wa-wah.
Lots of word children use are onomatopoeiae, like wau-wau (pronunciation sowthing like wow-wow) for dog.
Different researchers classify different calls differently, and no one claims to know what they all mean: some are called “woo-ah” notes, “wow-wow” notes, organ notes, coo notes, rattles, clicks, and chirps.
Just needed some chick-a- wow-wow guitar in the background...
Then he hops up on to a log and calls, throwing his head back and giving vent to a repeated loud ringing wow-wow that would be enough to have you jump out of your leech socks if you weren't expecting it.
I started a baritone howl, ‘wow-wow,’ very long on one note, and began waving my arms about a lot, and then very slowly and ceremoniously turned their image over on its side and sat down on it.
First from the hill across the creek came a snappy _wow-wow, yac-yac_, and then a long drawn out _ooo-oo_; then another voice, a soprano, joined in, followed by a baritone, and then the star voice of them all -- loud, clear, vicious, mournful.
I have been having a wow-wow time of late, or you should have heard from me.
We are talking quietly and suddenly you bristle like a bottle-brush; or we happen to be playing amicably together and I bark behind your back -- bow, wow-wow!
I started a baritone howl, 'wow-wow,' very long on one note, and began waving my arms about a lot, and then very slowly and ceremoniously turned their image over on its side and sat down on it.
Then they all sang out in unison, "Wow wow wow-wow wow" -- that, at all events, is what it sounded like.
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