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 Conclave (2 syl.).Conclamatum est. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Conclama’tio,
 
amongst the ancient Romans, was similar to the Irish howl over the dead; and, as in Ireland, women led the funeral cortège, weeping ostentatiously and gesticulating. “One not howled over” (c&ocedil;rpus nondum conclama’tum) meant one at the point of death; and “one howled for” was one given up for dead or really deceased. Virgil tells us that the ululation was a Phœnician custom; and therefore he makes the palace ring with howls when Dido burnt herself to death.   1
       
“Lamentis, gemituque, et fœmineo ululato,
Texta fremunt.”
       
Æneid, iv. 687.
 


 Conclave (2 syl.).Conclamatum est. 

 
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