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Pronunciation: on'o-mat'o-poy-e'sis

Definition: The making of a name or word, especially to express or imitate a natural sound (hiss, crash, boom); in psychiatry, the tendency to make new words of this type is said to characterize some people with schizophrenia.

[G. onoma, name, + poiesis, making]

See Also: neologism

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