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on·o·mat·o·poe·ia

 (ŏn′ə-măt′ə-pē′ə, -mä′tə-)
n.
The formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.

[Late Latin, from Greek onomatopoiiā, from onomatopoios, coiner of names : onoma, onomat-, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots + poiein, to make; see kwei- in Indo-European roots.]

on′o·mat′o·poe′ic, on′o·mat′o·po·et′ic (-pō-ĕt′ĭk) adj.
on′o·mat′o·poe′i·cal·ly, on′o·mat′o·po·et′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.onomatopoetic - of or relating to or characterized by onomatopoeia
2.onomatopoetic - (of words) formed in imitation of a natural sound; "onomatopoeic words are imitative of noises"; "it was independently developed in more than one place as an onomatopoetic term"- Harry Hoijer
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onomatopoetic

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Imitating sounds:
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The name [[blank].sup.*]tamir as pointing "to a seaside region (country)" is also purely speculative (onomatopoetic tam-: waves of the sea making great noise: the Tamil "seaside region," p.
Listen to the following passage--how much onomatopoetic splendor is subliminally organized around the double meaning of "spring," before it is finally "sprung" on us:
Single consonants may be (and often are) geminated in song for expressive or onomatopoetic effect.
Most readers of this journal are no doubt aware of the fact that many dictionaries do not deem it necessary to include this onomatopoetic word on their pages.
Baraka's onomatopoetic approximation of a drumming chorus counterpoints the drummer, Idris Muhammed, who interjects and echoes his utterances.
Onomatopoetic Resistance to Sound Change in Dravidian.
For instance, the dreamer's description of the stream he walked along has the following patently onomatopoetic lines:
Fitzgerald's approximations here, "tumbling clamorous whispering sea" of poluphloisboio thalassas, Homer's frequent onomatopoetic expression for the sea's many voices and the waves' rise and fall, is more reflective of Homer's music.
3) some onomatopoetic words haleter se hisser hurler
"The synonyms ladder GLISTEN--GLISTER--GLITTER is child's play," Anil writes, "compared to this ladder of nineteen approximately synonymous onomatopoetic words from Webster's Third NI meaning an abrupt usually metallic striking sound, mostly sharp, some more dull or sustained:
inc 'at this time, now'; and some other indeclinables such as some interjections and onomatopoetic words; these subclasses are statistically extremely small, true, but functionally important: cf.
The fourth line of each stanza is an onomatopoetic one-syllable word that describes a sound of the parade.