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shadow play

a show in which shadows of puppets, flat figures, or live actors are projected onto a lighted screen.
Also called shadowgraph, shadow pantomime, shadow show, shadow theater.
Origin of shadow play
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Have you never seen the child's shadow play of The Broken Bridge?

    Caesar and Cleopatra George Bernard Shaw
  • The wajang beber is of very early origin and is a shadow play, shadows of marionettes being shown through a white cloth.

    Letters of a Javanese Princess Raden Adjeng Kartini
  • The Indian thinks of this world as a circular and unending journey, an ocean without shore, a shadow play without even a plot.

British Dictionary definitions for shadow play

shadow play

a theatrical entertainment using shadows thrown by puppets or actors onto a lighted screen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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