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onomatopoeia /ˌɒnəˌmætəˈpiːə/ n
  1. the formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated, such as hiss, buzz, and bang
  2. the use of such words for poetic or rhetorical effect
Etymology: 16th Century: via Late Latin from Greek onoma name + poiein to make

ˌonoˌmatoˈpoeic, onomatopoetic /ˌɒnəˌmætəpəʊˈɛtɪk/ adj ˌonoˌmatoˈpoeically, ˌonoˌmatopoˈetically adv

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