Camera-lucida meaning

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An optical device that projects an image of an object onto a plane surface, especially for tracing.
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An optical instrument, containing a prism or an arrangement of mirrors, that appears to project the image of an object being viewed through it onto a surface, thereby allowing its outline to be traced: often used with a microscope.
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An instrument that uses a shaped prism or mirrors to cause an apparent image of external objects to appear as if projected upon a plane surface, so that the outlines may be conveniently traced.
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Origin of camera-lucida

  • New Latin camera lūcida Latin camera chamber Latin lūcida feminine of lūcidus light

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary