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[foh-nuh s-thee-mik] /ˌfoʊ nəsˈθi mɪk/
adjective, Linguistics.
(of a speech sound) shared by a set of echoic or symbolic words, as the sn- of sneer, snarl, snatch, snide, snitch, snoop, etc.
Origin of phonesthemic
phonestheme such a sound or group of sounds (coined by J. R. Firth in 1930; apparently phon- + (a)esth(etic) + -eme) + -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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