[ zoh-ee-trohp ]
/ ˈzoʊ iˌtroʊp /


a device for giving an illusion of motion, consisting of a slitted drum that, when whirled, shows a succession of images placed opposite the slits within the drum as one moving image.

Origin of zoetrope

1865–70; irregular < Greek zōḗ life + tropḗ turn
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British Dictionary definitions for zoetrope

/ (ˈzəʊɪˌtrəʊp) /


a cylinder-shaped toy with a sequence of pictures on its inner surface which, when viewed through the vertical slits spaced regularly around it while the toy is rotated, produce an illusion of animation

Word Origin for zoetrope

C19: Greek zoe life + trope turn
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