from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of Alalus.
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Celtic, which bear some slight similarity to the notes of the cock and the cuckoo; tintamarre, trictrac, in French; alali, in Greek; lupus, in Latin, etc. But these imitative words are exceedingly few.
And now we come to twenty-one -- ape-like men or speechless primæval men (alali) -- of whom we are reminded to-day by the deaf, and dumb, the cretins and the microcephali; and number twenty-two is