Diorama meaning

dīə-rămə, -rämə
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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.
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A picture painted on a set of transparent cloth curtains and looked at through a small opening.
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A museum display of a preserved or reconstructed specimen, as of wildlife in a simulation of its habitat.
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A three-dimensional display of a scenery, often having a painted background in front of which models are arranged, e.g. in a museum where stuffed animals are presented against a painted landscape.
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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.
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A miniature scene, wholly or partially three-dimensional, depicting figures in a naturalistic setting.
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Origin of diorama

  • French blend of dia- through (from Greek dia–) panorama panorama (from English panorama)

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

  • Borrowing from French diorama (1822), coined by Louis Daguerre from Ancient Greek διά- (dia-, “through, across, by, over”) + ὅραμα (rama, “view”)

    From Wiktionary