1927, in reference to a personality test using ink blots, developed by Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach (1885-1922). The town so named on the Swiss side of Lake Constance is from an early form of German Röhr "reeds" + Schachen "lakeside."

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  • On the Rorschach they had done a little better, at least in volume of response.

    Freudian Slip

    Franklin Abel

  • Call it a Rorschach blot—but even for that, the months of seeing it had made it impossible to see it at all.

  • While the steamboat lay at the wharf at Rorschach, two stout porters came on board, and shouldered his baggage to take it ashore.


    Charles Dudley Warner

  • Then turning to the boatmen, she bade them "give way" with a will, and pull their best for Rorschach.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • It was in this easy chit-chat they sat down to their coffee in the little inn at Rorschach.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

Medicine definitions for rorschach


[rôrshäk′, -shäKH′]Hermann 1884-1922

Swiss psychiatrist. His inkblot test, introduced in 1921, has become a standard clinical diagnostic tool in psychiatry.
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