[ pair-ahy-doh-lee-uh, pair-uh- ]
/ ˌpɛər aɪˈdoʊ li ə, ˌpɛər ə- /
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the illusory perception of meaningful patterns or images of familiar things in random or amorphous data, as a face seen on the moon.
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British Dictionary definitions for pareidolia
/ (ˌpæraɪˈdəʊlɪə) /
the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features
Word Origin for pareidolia
C20: from para- 4 + eidolon
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