cy·​clo·​ra·​ma | \ ˌsī-klə-ˈra-mə How to pronounce cyclorama (audio) , -ˈrä- How to pronounce cyclorama (audio) \

Definition of cyclorama

1 : a large pictorial representation encircling the spectator and often having real objects as a foreground
2 : a curved curtain or wall used as a background of a stage set to suggest unlimited space

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cycloramic \ ˌsī-​klə-​ˈra-​mik How to pronounce cycloramic (audio) \ adjective

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Heidi Landesman’s sets are a feast of delights, from the clever act curtain — Beirstadt with an airbrush — to the lazy river cyclorama which bleeds into a set of stairs for Huck’s final exit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 35 years ago ‘Big River’ started flowing in La Jolla," 25 June 2019 Looming above him out of the sea is a cyclorama of colossal dimensions. Darryn King, WIRED, "Director Andrew Niccol Lives in His Own Truman Show (And So Do You)," 4 May 2018 Brandon Stirling Baker’s cool blue cyclorama and gorgeous, intentional lighting design pop the rich blues and purples of the costumes, also designed by Roberts. Lauren Warnecke,, "Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is magnificent, but that ‘Golden Section's’ gotta go," 8 Mar. 2018 The Dahl Arts Center, which was built in 1974 and given to the city by a prominent local banker, is famous for its 180-foot cyclorama telling the economic history of the United States. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "A Red State’s Arts Blues," 25 Apr. 2017 Over 45,000 figures populate this cyclorama, a depiction of 12th-century Angkorian history. Amy Qin, New York Times, "An Art Powerhouse From North Korea," 25 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of cyclorama

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cyclorama

cycl- + -orama (as in panorama)

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The first known use of cyclorama was in 1840

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