ombres chinoises

plural noun, sometimes capitalized
om·​bres chi·​noises | \ ¦ämbrəˌshēnˈwäz \

Definition of ombres chinoises

: shadows of puppets or persons thrown upon a transparent screen and used as characters in a dramatic presentation

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History and Etymology for ombres chinoises

French, literally, Chinese shadows

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“Ombres chinoises.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ombres%20chinoises. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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