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1927, in reference to a personality test using ink blots, developed by Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach (1885-1922). The town so named on the Swiss side of Lake Constance is from an early form of German Röhr "reeds" + Schachen "lakeside."

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  • On the rorschach they had done a little better, at least in volume of response.

    Freudian Slip Franklin Abel
  • Call it a rorschach blot—but even for that, the months of seeing it had made it impossible to see it at all.

  • Then turning to the boatmen, she bade them "give way" with a will, and pull their best for rorschach.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • It was in this easy chit-chat they sat down to their coffee in the little inn at rorschach.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • While the steamboat lay at the wharf at rorschach, two stout porters came on board, and shouldered his baggage to take it ashore.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
rorschach in Medicine

Rorschach Ror·schach (rôr'shäk', -shäKH'), Hermann. 1884-1922.

Swiss psychiatrist. His inkblot test, introduced in 1921, has become a standard clinical diagnostic tool in psychiatry.

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