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Is “mellifluous” onomatopoeic?

mel·lif·lu·ous /məˈliflo͞oəs/ Adjective: (of a voice or words) Sweet or musical; pleasant to hear. As in the title: is "mellifluous" onomatopoeic or is the definition of onomatopoeia ...
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is onomatopoeia itself onomatopoeic? [closed]

As I note, is the word onomatopoeia itself onomatopoeic? Or does the use of the word not quite follow the rules? I recall being engaged in a spirited debate about this in my high school days—I cannot ...
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What do “Yeep” and “Go yeep” mean?

Today’s New York Times carries the article titled “Veeps go yeep! Nation nods,” which is followed by the following statement: “Obama versus Romney on Tuesday! That will be far more important than ...
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Onomatopoeia in “O madness of discourse”

While writing a commentary for Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, my classmate and I got into a small quarrel over the classification of an onomatopoeia. We were wondering, for the line “O madness ...