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  1. keening(Noun)

    Intense mournful wailing after a death, often at a funeral or wake

  2. keening(Noun)

    (by extension) An unpleasant sound.

  3. keening(Adjective)

    Sharp, shrill, especially of a sound.

    The keening sound of a dentist's drill sets my teeth on edge"

  4. Origin: From Irish Caoineadh meaning lament.

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  1. Keening

    Keening is a form of vocal lament associated with mourning that is traditional in Ireland, Scotland, and other cultures.

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