diorama


di·ora·ma

noun \ˌdī-ə-ˈra-mə, -ˈrä-\

Definition of DIORAMA

1
:  a scenic representation in which a partly translucent painting is seen from a distance through an opening
2
a :  a scenic representation in which sculptured figures and lifelike details are displayed usually in miniature so as to blend indistinguishably with a realistic painted background
b :  a life-size exhibit (as of a wildlife specimen or scene) with realistic natural surroundings and a painted background
di·oram·ic \-ˈra-mik\ adjective

Origin of DIORAMA

French, from dia- + -orama (as in panorama, from English)
First Known Use: 1823

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