diorama[dī′ə ram′ə, -räm′-]
diorama definition by Webster's New World
- a picture painted on a set of transparent cloth curtains and looked at through a small opening
- a miniature scene, wholly or partially three-dimensional, depicting figures in a naturalistic setting
- a museum display of a preserved or reconstructed specimen, as of wildlife in a simulation of its habitat
Origin: di(a)- plush (pan)orama
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- dioramic adjective
diorama definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A three-dimensional miniature or life-size scene in which figures, stuffed wildlife, or other objects are arranged in a naturalistic setting against a painted background.
- A scene reproduced on cloth transparencies with various lights shining through the cloths to produce changes in effect, intended for viewing at a distance through an aperture.
Origin: French, blend of dia-, through (from Greek; see dia-) and panorama, panorama (from English; see panorama).
- diˌo·ramˈic adjective