camera obscura

noun cam·era ob·scu·ra \-əb-ˈskyu̇r-ə\

Definition of camera obscura

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of camera obscura

New Latin, literally, dark chamber

First Known Use: 1716

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