magic lantern


noun

a device having an enclosed lamp and a lenslike opening, formerly used for projecting and magnifying images mounted on slides or films.

Nearby words

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  8. magic mushroom,
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  10. magic realism

Origin of magic lantern

First recorded in 1690–1700

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British Dictionary definitions for magic lantern

magic lantern

noun

an early type of slide projectorSometimes shortened to: lantern
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