onomatopoeia

[on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh, ‐mah-tuh]
noun
1.
the formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent.
2.
a word so formed.
3.
the use of imitative and naturally suggestive words for rhetorical, dramatic, or poetic effect.

Origin:
1570–80; < Late Latin < Greek onomatopoiía making of words = onomato- (combining form of ónoma name) + poi- (stem of poieîn to make; see poet) + -ia -ia

onomatopoeic, onomatopoetic [on-uh-mat-uh-poh-et-ik] , adjective
onomatopoeically, onomatopoetically, adverb
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onomatopoeia (ˌɒnəˌmætəˈpiːə)
 
n
1.  the formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated, such as hiss, buzz, and bang
2.  the use of such words for poetic or rhetorical effect
 
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek onoma name + poiein to make]
 
onomato'poeic
 
adj
 
onomatopoetic
 
adj
 
onomato'poeically
 
adv
 
onomatopo'etically
 
adv

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onomatopoeia
1577, from L.L., from Gk. onomatopoiia "the making of a name or word" (in imitation of a sound associated with the thing being named), from onomatopoios, from onoma (gen. onomatos) "word, name" (see name) + a derivative of poiein "compose, make" (see poet).
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It is true that many onomatopoetic words appeared in the dawn of human culture.
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