Meaning of onomatopoeia

on•o•mat•o•poe•ia

Pronunciation: (on"u-mat"u-pē'u, -mä"tu-), [key]
— n.
  1. the formation of a word, as cuckoo or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent.
  2. a word so formed.
  3. the use of imitative and naturally suggestive words for rhetorical effect.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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