Jul 01 2013
It comes from two Greek words: “name” (ὄνομα) and “I make” (ποιέω) and means, literally, “I make my name.”
The meaning is obvious when you consider some birds with onomatopoetic names: bobwhite, chickadee and hoopoe.
Since we don’t have hoopoes in North America you might not know what they sound like. Play the video to hear how the hoopoe got his name.
Can you think of other onomatopoetic bird names?
(video from YouTube)