[bahy-priz-uh m]

noun Optics.

a triangular prism with an apex angle slightly less than 180°: when illuminated by a point source of light it produces two overlapping beams that form an interference pattern on a screen.

Origin of biprism

First recorded in 1880–85; bi-1 + prism
Also called Fresnel biprism. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a prism having a highly obtuse angle to facilitate beam splitting
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