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onomatopoeianoun [U]

uk   /ˌɒn.əˌmæt.əˈpiː.ə/  us   /ˌɑː.noʊˌmæt̬.oʊ-/ specialized
the ​act of ​creating or using words that ​includesounds that are ​similar to the ​noises the words refer to
onomatopoeic
adjective uk   us   /-ɪk/
"Pop", "​boom", and "​squelch" are onomatopoeic words.
(Definition of onomatopoeia from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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onomatopoeianoun [U]

 /ˌɑn·əˌmɑt̬·əˈpi·ə, -mæt̬·ə-/
grammar the naming of something with a word whose ​soundsuggests the thing itself, such as "​buzz" and "​zip"
(Definition of onomatopoeia from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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