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on•o•mat•o•poe•ia /ˌɑnəˌmætəˈpiə, -ˌmɑtə-/USA pronunciation
on•o•mat•o•poe•ic, on•o•mat•o•po•et•ic /ˌɑnəˌmætəpoʊˈɛtɪk, -ˌmɑtə-/USA pronunciationadj. See-onym-.-onym-'>-nom-2,
- Linguisticsthe formation of a word, as cuckoo or boom, by imitating the sound made by or associated with the thing the noun refers to:In English, onomatopoeia is found in words like tweet, zap, flick, and hiss.
- Rhetoricthe use of such imitative words, as in poetry.
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onomatopoeia /ˌɒnəˌmætəˈpiːə/ n
Etymology: 16th Century: via Late Latin from Greek onoma name + poiein to makeˌonoˌmatoˈpoeic, onomatopoetic /ˌɒnəˌmætəpəʊˈɛtɪk/ adj ˌonoˌmatoˈpoeically, ˌonoˌmatopoˈetically adv
- the formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated, such as hiss, buzz, and bang
- the use of such words for poetic or rhetorical effect
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