Etymology
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echoic (adj.)

1880; see echo (n.) + -ic. A word from the OED.

Onomatopoeia, in addition to its awkwardness, has neither associative nor etymological application to words imitating sounds. It means word-making or word-coining and is strictly as applicable to Comte's altruisme as to cuckoo. Echoism suggests the echoing of a sound heard, and has the useful derivatives echoist, echoize, and echoic instead of onomatopoetic, which is not only unmanageable, but when applied to words like cuckoo, crack, erroneous; it is the voice of the cuckoo, the sharp sound of breaking, which are onomatopoetic or word-creating, not the echoic words which they create. [James A.H. Murray, Philological Society president's annual address, 1880]

updated on September 25, 2018

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Definitions of echoic from WordNet

echoic (adj.)
(of words) formed in imitation of a natural sound; "it was independently developed in more than one place as an onomatopoetic term"- Harry Hoijer;
Synonyms: imitative / onomatopoeic / onomatopoeical / onomatopoetic
echoic (adj.)
like or characteristic of an echo;
Synonyms: echolike
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