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Meaning of ONOMATOPOEIA

Pronunciation:  `ânu`matu'peeu

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  using words that imitate the sound they denote
 

ONOMATOPOEIA is a 12 letter word that starts with O.

 

 See Also: rhetorical device

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: bowwow theory, copying, counterfeiting, echoic word, emulation, fakery, following, forgery, hit-off, imitation, impersonation, imposture, impression, mimesis, mirroring, onomatope, onomatopoeic word, parody, plagiarism, plagiary, repetition, simulation, takeoff
 

 

 

 

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