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A meow //, also spelled miaow, is the most familiar vocalization of cats. A meow can be assertive, plaintive, friendly, bold, welcoming, attention soliciting, demanding, or complaining. It can even be silent, where the cat opens its mouth but does not vocalize. Adult cats rarely meow to each other, and so adult meowing to human beings is likely to be a post-domestication extension of mewing by kittens.
Different languages have correspondingly different words for the "meow" sound, including:
|Written Form||Languages in Use|
|miau||Belarusian, Croatian, Hungarian, Finnish, Lithuanian, Malay, German, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Ukrainian|
|miao (喵)||Mandarin Chinese, Italian|
|mjau||Swedish and Norwegian|
|niaou (νιάου)||Greek |
In some languages (such as Chinese 貓, māo), the vocalization became the name of the animal itself.
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- "Meow". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- Peggy Bivens (2002). Language Arts 1, Volume 1. Saddleback Publishing. p. 59. ISBN 978-1562-54508-6.
- فیروز الدین, مولوی. فیروز اللغات اردو جامع (in Urdu) (2nd ed.). Lahore: Feroz Sons, Ltd. p. 1334. ISBN 9690005146.
-  "Ngeung, “a cat’s meow;” ngumeung, “to meow;” ngeungan, “against whom the cat meows, like at one who is eating.” (p. 96)
- νιαουρίζω. Word Reference (in Greek). WordReference.com. Retrieved 28 May 2012.