zoetrope

noun
zo·​e·​trope | \ ˈzōē‧ˌtrōp \
variants: or less commonly zootrope \ ˈzōə‧-​ \
plural -s

Definition of zoetrope

: an optical toy in which figures on the inside of a revolving cylinder are viewed through slits in its circumference and appear like a single animated figure

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History and Etymology for zoetrope

zoetrope from Zoetrope, a trademark; zootrope alteration (influenced by zo-) of zoetrope

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“Zoetrope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoetrope. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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