pareidolia

noun

the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features

Nearby words

  1. pardy,
  2. pare,
  3. parecious,
  4. paregmenon,
  5. paregoric,
  6. pareira,
  7. pareira brava,
  8. paren.,
  9. parenchyma,
  10. parenchymatitis

Word Origin for pareidolia

C20: from para- 4 + eidolon

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