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n.1.An imitative word; an onomatopoetic word.
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Bua means 'massacre', anda serpentine inference is evoked by the sibilant onomatope 'si'.
t]he origin of this onomatope is to be found in Greek 'karakaksa' Elster (Pasp.
9) Presente Pasado Imperativo Futuro Preliminares 56,9% 31,4% 3,3% 0,0% Apertura 40,8% 46,6% 11,7% 0,0% Plenas 74,0% 10,5% 7,0% 3,5% Cierre 70,6% 14,5% 4,2% 2,7% Verboides Onomatope.
Of course I am tempted to see in the English verb 'hush: to repress the agitation or clamor of' (Webster, 1976) a lexicalized trace of the huchement, particularly as the dictionary tells us that the verb was reconstructed from a Middle English onomatope husht 'used to enjoin silence'.
Onomatope, defined as a word that sounds like what it denotes, such as ``boom'' or ``sizzle'', was the hardest of the three Michael faced, Elizabeth Yeranosian said.
She went on to mention several musical onomatopes which the language of the Romans has bequeathed to the English tongue: murmur, susurrus, sonorous, resonant, Ulalume (made over by Poe from the Latin ululare); as well as harsh vocables like strident.