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shadow play

a show in which shadows of puppets, flat figures, or live actors are projected onto a lighted screen.
Also called shadowgraph, shadow pantomime, shadow show, shadow theater.
Origin of shadow play
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Was it a moving herd, a shifting mist, a shadow-play between the night and dawn?

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
British Dictionary definitions for shadow-play

shadow play

a theatrical entertainment using shadows thrown by puppets or actors onto a lighted screen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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