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  • n. A word or phrase that mimics a certain physical form or motion


pheno- +‎ mime (Wiktionary)


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  • "Instead of using various different words for walking, the Japanese use a common base verb, then add an assortment of phenomimes, which are used as adverbs. So aruku is the basic word meaning to walk, then chokochoko aruku is to toddle, noronoro aruku is to inch along, furafura aruku is to shamble or teeter, and zorozoro aruku is to swarm or cluster."
    The Lost Art of Walking by Geoff Nicholson, p 24

    January 2, 2011