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sound symbolism

noun, Linguistics
1.
a nonarbitrary connection between phonetic features of linguistic items and their meanings, as in the frequent occurrence of close vowels in words denoting smallness, as petite and teeny-weeny.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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