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trompe l'oeil

[French trawnp lœ-yuh; English trawmp ley, loi] /French trɔ̃p ˈlœ yə; English ˈtrɔmp ˈleɪ, ˈlɔɪ/
noun
1.
visual deception, especially in paintings, in which objects are rendered in extremely fine detail emphasizing the illusion of tactile and spatial qualities.
2.
a painting, mural, or panel of wallpaper designed to create such an effect.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < French: literally, (it) fools the eye
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British Dictionary definitions for trompe-l'oeil

trompe l'oeil

/French trɔ̃p lœj/
noun (pl) trompe l'oeils (trɔ̃p lœj)
1.
a painting or decoration giving a convincing illusion of reality
2.
an effect of this kind
Word Origin
from French, literally: deception of the eye
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Word Origin and History for trompe-l'oeil

trompe l'oeil

1889, French, literally "deceives the eye."

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