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onomatopoeia

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A sign in a shop window in Milan uses onomatopoeia.

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Etymology

From Ancient Greek ὀνοματοποιία (onomatopoiia), the coining of a word in imitation of a sound), from ονοματοποιέω (onomatopoieo), to coin names), from ὄνομα (onoma), name) + ποιέω (poieo), to make, to do, to produce).

Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /ˌɒnəˌmætə'piə/, SAMPA: /%Qn@%m{t@"pi@/
  • (US) enPR: än'ə-măt'ə-pēʹə or än'ə-mät'ə-pēʹə, IPA: /ˌɑːnəˌmætə'piə/, /ˌɑːnəˌmɑːtə'piə/, SAMPA: /%A:n@%m{t@"pi@/, /%A:n@%mA:t@"pi@/
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  • Rhymes: -iə

Noun

Singular
onomatopoeia

Plural
s

onomatopoeia (s)
  1. (uncountable) The property of a word of sounding like what it represents.
  2. (countable) A word which has the property of onomatopoeia, such as "moo" or "hiss".

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