phonesthemic

phonesthemic

[foh-nuhs-thee-mik]
adjective Linguistics.
(of a speech sound) shared by a set of echoic or symbolic words, as the sn- of sneer, snarl, snatch, snide, snitch, snoop, etc.

Origin:
phonestheme such a sound or group of sounds (coined by J. R. Firth in 1930; apparently phon- + esth(etic) + -eme) + -ic

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