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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) See wou-wou.
- From Malay wauwau or Javanese wâwâ, imitative of the animal's call. (Wiktionary)
“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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