One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Expressing exultation, encouragement, etc.: used as a battle cry by the ancient Greeks.
A cry of ‘alala’. rare.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Leigh (1603–1671), writer. From ancient Greek (Doric) ἀλαλά (Attic ἀλαλή) loud shout, war cry, of imitative origin.
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