Onomatopœia

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Onomatopœia (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. ☞ It has been maintained by some philologist that all primary words, especially names, were formed by imitation of natural sounds, but this is not believed by most.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. ; 'o`noma 'ono`matos, a name + poiei^n to make