onomatope

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Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from onomatopoeia.

Noun[edit]

onomatope (plural onomatopes)

  1. (linguistics) A word formed by onomatopoeia or mimesis
    • 1892 January 1, “Notes and News”, Science, volume 19, number 465, page 3: 
      Some of the onomatopes were given with the notations of their respective sounds as they appear to the Indian ear; thus, the sound of the plane and drawing-knife (s-s-s) becomes the root siu []

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