ˈidēəˌfōn also ˈīd-
plural -s
: an onomatopoeic element functioning as part of distinct word class especially in African languages

Word History


ideo- + -phone

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ideophone was in 1935

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“Ideophone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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