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Is there a term for the sound word associated with a certain type of animal, that is considered the most frequent or usual representation?
e.g. Cat - meow; Duck - quack; Owl - whoo; Frog - ribbit; etc.

Generally, I guess these are all animal onomatopoeias. But wondering if there might be something more exact.

  • animal onomatopoeia seems to me to be perfectly exact. Is there a reason you think it's not? – GoldenGremlin Jan 20 '16 at 4:24
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The word you want is cry.

From Wiktionary,

Noun
Cry (plural cries)
6. (transitive, intransitive, of an animal) A typical sound made by the species in question.
"Woof" is the cry of a dog, while "neigh" is the cry of a horse.

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It seems that the term is simply animal sounds. The study of animal sounds and their effects on living organisms is called bioacoustics.

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