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Onomatopoeia Definition

Also spelled onomatopœia. A figure of speech that employs a word, or occasionally, a grouping of words, that imitates the sound it is describing, and thus suggests its source object. A word imitating a sound.

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[n] using words that imitate the sound they denote

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\On`o*mat`o*p[oe]"ia\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?; ?, ?, a name + ? to make.] (Philol.) The formation of words in imitation of sounds; a figure of speech in which the sound of a word is imitative of the sound of the thing which the word represents; as, the buzz of bees; the hiss of a goose; the crackle of fire. Note: It has been maintained by some philologist that all primary words, especially names, were formed by imitation of natural sounds.

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