Onomatopoeia refers to a word that mimics the sound that it names. Onomatopoeia in nature would be words imitating sounds in nature.
Onomatopoeia: Examples Found in Nature
- The rocks kerplunk as they fall into the lake.
- Hear the pitter patter of raindrops on the leaves.
- The grouse flutter as they take flight.
- Horses flick their tails to keep away flies.
- Lighting crackles and thunder rumbles.
- The boulder hits the ground with a flump.
- Leaves rustle in the wind.
- The snake slithers among the leaves.
- The hail snaps small branches off the trees.
Onomatopoeia: Animal Sounds
- Arf - dogs
- Awoooooo - dogs and wolves
- Baa - sheep
- Bow-wow - dogs
- Buzz - bees
- Cackle - geese
- Caw caw - crows
- Cheep cheep - birds
- Chirp chirp - birds
- Click - dolphins
- Clip clop - horses
- Cluck cluck - chickens
- Cock-a-doodle-doo - roosters
- Coo - pigeons
- Croak - frogs
- Cuckoo - cuckoos
- Gobble gobble - turkeys
- Grrr - tigers
- Hee haw - donkeys
- Hiss - snakes
- Honk honk - geese
- Meow - cats
- Moo - cows
- Neigh - horses
- Oink oink - pigs
- Peep peep - chickens
- Purr - cats
- Quack - ducks
- Ribbit - frogs
- Roar - lions
- Ruff - dogs
- Squawk - parrots
- Tweet tweet - birds
- Warble - wrens
- Whinny - zebras
- Whisper - humans
- Whoop - zebras
- Woof - dogs
- Yowl - cats
Onomatopoeia in Nature Poems
As I gain the cove with pushing prow,
And quench its speed i' the slushy sand.
A tape at the pane, the quick sharp scratch
And blue spurt of a lighted match, - "Meeting at Night" by Robert Browning
Piddle-paddle, piddle-paddle, splash, splash, splash
Into the pool with a great big dash! - “Piddle-Paddle” by Jaymie Gerard
water plops into pond
warbling magpies in tree
trilling, melodic thrill - “Running Water” by Lee Emmett
A cacophonous cannonade of thunder,
doesn’t it make you wonder?
blasting buss of blunder,
pitter-patter rain, pouring under,
streets awash like tumult tundra,
lucid lightning flash,
clip-clop heels as people dash - “Storm” by William Thomas Dodd
The clean water in a brook flows "sara sara".
The scarce water in a brook flows "choro choro".
It is raining "shito shito" softly.
It is beginning raining "potsun potsun" softly.
It is raining "zaa zaa" strongly or "jaa jaa". - Japanese poem, Author unknown
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