phenomime

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pheno- +‎ mime

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phenomime (plural phenomimes)

  1. (linguistics) A word or phrase that mimics a certain physical form or motion
    • 1990, Masayoshi Shibatani, The languages of Japan, ISBN 0521369185, page 154:
      Phenomimes "depict" states, conditions, or manners of the external world, while psychomimes symbolize mental conditions or sensations.

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