Pareidolia meaning

părī-dōlē-ə
The perception of a recognizable image or meaningful pattern where none exists or is intended, as the perception of a face in the surface features of the moon.
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The imagined perception of a meaningful pattern in something that is random or indefinite.
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The perception of a recognizable image or meaningful pattern where none exists or is intended, as the perception of a face in the surface features of the moon.
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Origin of pareidolia

  • para– Greek eidōlon image, phantom idol –ia

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