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repoussoir

[ruh-poo-swahr] /rə puˈswɑr/
noun, Painting.
1.
a figure or object in the extreme foreground: used as a contrast and to increase the illusion of depth.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < French, equivalent to repouss(er) to push back (see repoussé) + -oir -ory2
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