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
Looking for more examples of onomatopoeia? Check out 5 Examples of Onomatopoeia and Examples of Onomatopoeia for Kids.