diorama

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noun di·ora·ma \ˌdī-ə-ˈra-mə, -ˈrä-\

Definition of diorama

  1. 1 :  a scenic representation in which a partly translucent painting is seen from a distance through an opening

  2. 2a :  a scenic representation in which sculptured figures and lifelike details are displayed usually in miniature so as to blend indistinguishably with a realistic painted backgroundb :  a life-size exhibit (as of a wildlife specimen or scene) with realistic natural surroundings and a painted background

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play \-ˈra-mik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of diorama

French, from dia- + -orama (as in panorama, from English)


First Known Use: 1823



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