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thaumatrope

[thaw-muh-trohp]
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noun
  1. a card with different pictures on opposite sides, as a horse on one side and a rider on the other, which appear as if combined when the card is twirled rapidly, thus illustrating the persistence of visual impressions.
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Origin of thaumatrope

First recorded in 1820–30; thauma(to)- + -trope
Related formsthau·ma·trop·i·cal [thaw-muh-trop-i-kuh l] /ˌθɔ məˈtrɒp ɪ kəl/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for thaumatrope

Historical Examples

  • Why do the figures upon the "Thaumatrope" appear to dance, when they are made to revolve before a mirror?

    The Reason Why

    Anonymous

  • The thaumatrope, then, did nothing more than illustrate the power of the eye to weld together a couple of alternating impressions.

  • These memories lie in confusion, unformed and undefined, like pictures in a thaumatrope.

    The Son of a Servant

    August Strindberg


British Dictionary definitions for thaumatrope

thaumatrope

noun
  1. a toy in which partial pictures on the two sides of a card appear to merge when the card is twirled rapidly
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Derived Formsthaumatropical (ˌθɔːməˈtrɒpɪkəl), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from thaumato- + -trope
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