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camera obscura

[ ob-skyoor-uh ]
/ ɒbˈskyʊər ə /
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noun
a darkened boxlike device in which images of external objects, received through an aperture, as with a convex lens, are exhibited in their natural colors on a surface arranged to receive them: used for sketching, exhibition purposes, etc.
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Origin of camera obscura

1660–70; <New Latin: dark chamber; see camera1, obscure
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British Dictionary definitions for camera obscura

camera obscura
/ (ɒbˈskjʊərə) /

noun
a darkened chamber or small building in which images of outside objects are projected onto a flat surface by a convex lens in an apertureSometimes shortened to: camera

Word Origin for camera obscura

New Latin: dark chamber
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