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From Greek - onomos, "name" and poein, "to make"

Using or inventing a word whose sound imitates that which it names (the union of phonetics and semantics).


The buzzing of innumerable bees
The "zz" and "mm" sounds in these words imitate the actual sounds of bees.

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The above information on individual rhetorical techniques is reproduced from the website “Silva Rhetoricae” ( ) under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Credit for this content lies with Professor Gideon O Burton of Brigham Young University.