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A word that phonetically imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes. Common occurrences of onomatopoeias include animal noises such as "oink", "meow", "roar" or "chirp", or human sounds like "yawn", "gulp" or "mwah".

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of Comic Book Words, Symbols & Onomatopoeia, 2008's Comic books: how the industry works) still mainly associate it with snoring. See also Why Does ZZZ mean sleep? for another theory: The reason …
answered May 26 '11 by Hugo
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Rockets make a rumbling sound as they prepare for takeoff, followed by a roaring sound during takeoff, followed by a whooshing around much later.
answered Jan 31 '12 by Hugo