[sahy-kluh-ram-uh, -rah-muh]
a pictorial representation, in perspective, of a landscape, battle, etc., on the inner wall of a cylindrical room or hall, viewed by spectators occupying a position in the center.
Theater. a curved wall or drop at the back of a stage, used for creating an illusion of unlimited space or distance in the background of exterior scenes or for obtaining lighting effects.

1830–40; cycl- + Greek (h)órāma view; cf. panorama

cycloramic, adjective Unabridged
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cyclorama (ˌsaɪkləʊˈrɑːmə)
1.  Also called: panorama a large picture, such as a battle scene, on the interior wall of a cylindrical room, designed to appear in natural perspective to a spectator in the centre
2.  theatre
 a.  a curtain or wall curving along the back of a stage, usually painted to represent the sky and serving to enhance certain lighting effects
 b.  any set of curtains that enclose the back and sides of a stage setting
[C19: cyclo- + Greek horama view, sight, on the model of panorama]

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"picture of a landscape on the interior surface of a cylindrical space," 1840, formed in Mod.L. from cyclo- (from Gk. kyklos "circle") + -orama "spectacle."
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