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  • n. Alternative spelling of onomatopoeia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In philology, the formation of names by imitation of natural sounds; the naming of anything by a more or less exact reproduction of the sound which it makes, or something audible connected with it; the imitative principle in language-making: thus, the verbs buzz and hum and the nouns pewit, whippoorwill, etc., are produced by onomatopœia.
  • n. In rhetoric, the use of imitative and naturally suggestive words for rhetorical effect.


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