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What is onomatopoeia?

 

Definition
 

Onomatopoeia is the use of a word that denotes a

 
  • sound suggested by the phonetic quality of the word, or
  • thing that produces such a sound.
Examples (English)
 
  • gong
  • crackle
  • twitter
 
Source:

Corbett 1971 491

Generic
  Onomatopoeia is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Corbett 1971 490–491

 

Mish 1991 825


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