camera obscura

[ob-skyoo r-uh]
noun
  1. 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.

Origin of camera obscura

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

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for camera obscura
n.

1725, "a darkened room;" c.1730, "a device for project pictures;" see camera.

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