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camera obscura

noun cam·era ob·scu·ra \-əb-ˈskyr-ə\

Definition of CAMERA OBSCURA

:  a darkened enclosure having an aperture usually provided with a lens through which light from external objects enters to form an image of the objects on the opposite surface
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Origin of CAMERA OBSCURA

New Latin, literally, dark chamber
First Known Use: 1725

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