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onomatopoeia

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