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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Late Latin
Origin: Greek onomatopoiia, from onoma 'name' + poiein 'to make'

onomatopoeia

noun
     
Related topics: Literature, Linguistics
on‧o‧mat‧o‧poe‧ia [uncountable] technical
SL the use of words that sound like the thing that they are describing, for example 'hiss' or 'boom'
onomatopoeic adjective

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