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[sahy-kluh-ram-uh, -rah-muh] /ˌsaɪ kləˈræm ə, -ˈrɑ mə/
a pictorial representation, in perspective, of a landscape, battle, etc., on the inner wall of a cylindrical room or hall, viewed by spectators occupying a position in the center.
Theater. a curved wall or drop at the back of a stage, used for creating an illusion of unlimited space or distance in the background of exterior scenes or for obtaining lighting effects.
Origin of cyclorama
1830-40; cycl- + Greek (h)órāma view; cf. panorama
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cycloramic, adjective Unabridged
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Also called panorama. a large picture, such as a battle scene, on the interior wall of a cylindrical room, designed to appear in natural perspective to a spectator in the centre
  1. a curtain or wall curving along the back of a stage, usually painted to represent the sky and serving to enhance certain lighting effects
  2. any set of curtains that enclose the back and sides of a stage setting
Derived Forms
cycloramic (ˌsaɪkləʊˈræmɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: cyclo- + Greek horama view, sight, on the model of panorama
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Word Origin and History for cyclorama

"picture of a landscape on the interior surface of a cylindrical space," 1840, from cyclo- + -rama "spectacle."

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