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Today's word is:

onomatopoeia

|ˌänəˌmatəˈpēə, -ˌmätə-|

noun

  • The formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g., cuckoo, sizzle).
  • The use of such words for rhetorical effect.

ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek onomatopoiia 'word-making,' from onoma, onomat- 'name' + -poios 'making' (from poiein 'to make').