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In our English lesson, we talked about words that are derived from sounds.

Our teacher said they are "anamatapic", but it seems I can't get the spelling right. Even google does not provide a good suggestion for a better spelling.

So now I am looking for the word that sounds like "anamatapic" and describes the professional term for words that sound like the sound. Everything's clear?

I have tried


Close votes: thanks for the meta reference to good resources.

The following online resources don't help:

These will guide to correct results:

So, yeah, maybe I could have found it there.

And if you try Google now, you'll get a result from a strange website, which is not a dictionary, but some kind of Q&A style forum. Maybe we can put that one in the list of helpful resources, too :-D

Also cool: if I would have type the title of this EL&U question into Google instead of the intended word, the first hit is the correct Wikipedia article. I'll try to derive a pattern from this.

closed as off-topic by FumbleFingers, James Waldby - jwpat7, Hellion, anongoodnurse, Mari-Lou A Jun 27 '14 at 17:13

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    I guess you mean: onomatopoeic! – user66974 Jun 27 '14 at 9:49
  • . . . or onomatopoetic. – Brian Donovan Jun 27 '14 at 10:07
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    Come on now, how can this possibly be general reference if he doesn't know what word to look up? Someone please give me the name of a commonly available reference that can be used to trivially answer this question. – phenry Jun 27 '14 at 19:58
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    The mods are in discussion about this question. We think that this is a useful question that could help other people find resources for words that they have heard, but are unsure of how to spell. With that regard, it might be a suitable candidate for the English Language Learners site, where a larger audience is more likely to be looking for this type of resource. – Kit Z. Fox Jun 27 '14 at 21:53
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    I agree with @phenry: if this is "general reference", then there's no reason for the Internet to exist, never mind this site. I mean, really: how and where do you look up a word if you don't know anything besides its meaning? – JPmiaou Jun 28 '14 at 7:12
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Onomatopoeia: (noun), onomatopoeic ( adj) :

The formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.

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