anamorphoscope

noun

ana·​mor·​pho·​scope
-fəˌskōp
plural -s
: an optical device consisting usually of a cylindrical mirror or lens that restores to its normal proportions an image distorted by anamorphosis

Word History

Etymology

anamorphosis + -scope

First Known Use

circa 1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anamorphoscope was circa 1884

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“Anamorphoscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anamorphoscope. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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