Definition: The formation or use of words that are intended to sound like what they represent.
Also Known As: Onomatopeya in Spanish. The Spanish word can also be used to refer to an onomatopoeic word.
Examples of English onomatopoeia include "buzz," "moo," "hiss" and "swish." Examples of Spanish onomatopoeia include quiquiriquí
(the sound of a rooster crowing), achís
(the sound of a sneeze), miau
(meow) and pataplum
(the sound of an explosion).