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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To utter a long loud mournful cry; wail.
  • transitive v. To say or utter with a yowl.
  • n. A long loud mournful cry; a wail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A prolonged, loud cry, like the sound of an animal; a wail; a howl.
  • v. Utter a yowl.
  • v. Express by yowling; utter with a yowl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A loud, protracted, and mournful cry, as that of a dog; a howl.
  • intransitive v. To utter a loud, long, and mournful cry, as a dog; to howl; to yell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give a long distressful or mournful cry, as a dog; howl; hence, of persons, to yell; bawl.
  • n. A long distressful or mournful cry, as that of a dog.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cry loudly, as of animals
  • n. a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)
  • v. utter shrieks, as of cats

Etymologies

Middle English yowlen, probably of imitative origin .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English yollen, past participle of yellen ("to yell"). More at yell, yollen. (Wiktionary)

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