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camera lucida

[loo-si-duh]
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noun
  1. an optical instrument, often attached to the eyepiece of a microscope, by which the image of an external object is projected on a sheet of paper or the like for tracing.

Origin of camera lucida

1660–70; < New Latin: bright chamber; see camera1, lucid
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Historical Examples

  • Now remove the cap of the eye-piece, and fix the camera-lucida in its stead.

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  • Then came illustrations, which at first were camera-lucida drawings in pencil smoothed out with pen and ink.


British Dictionary definitions for camera lucida

camera lucida

noun
  1. an instrument attached to a microscope, etc to enable an observer to view simultaneously the image and a drawing surface to facilitate the sketching of the image

Word Origin

New Latin: light chamber
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