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Müller-Lyer illusion

[ muhl-er-lahy-er, myoo-ler-, mil-er-; German myl-uhr-lee-uhr ]
/ ˈmʌl ərˈlaɪ ər, ˈmyu lər-, ˈmɪl ər-; German ˈmül ərˈli ər /
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noun

a geometric illusion in which two lines of equal length appear unequal depending on whether angular lines forming arrowheads at each end point toward or away from each other.

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Origin of Müller-Lyer illusion

After Franz-Karl Müller-Lyer (1857–1916), German sociologist, who described the illusion in 1889

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Müller-Lyer illusion
/ (ˈmuːləˈlaɪə) /

noun

an optical illusion in which a line with inward pointing arrowheads is seen as longer than an equal line with outward pointing arrowheads

Word Origin for Müller-Lyer illusion

C19: named after Franz Müller-Lyer (1857–1916), German sociologist and psychiatrist
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