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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Caterwauling.
 
The wawl or wrawl of cats, the er being either a plural, similar to “childer” (children), or a corrupted genitive.   1
        “What a caterwauling do you keep here!”—Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, ii. 3.
 


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