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[zoh-ee-trohp] /ˈzoʊ iˌtroʊp/
a device for giving an illusion of motion, consisting of a slitted drum that, when whirled, shows a succession of images placed opposite the slits within the drum as one moving image.
Origin of zoetrope
1865-70; irregular < Greek zōḗ life + tropḗ turn Unabridged
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  • The exhibit uses a rotating platform and strobe lights to create a giant zoetrope to explore how these immense dinosaurs moved.
British Dictionary definitions for zoetrope


a cylinder-shaped toy with a sequence of pictures on its inner surface which, when viewed through the vertical slits spaced regularly around it while the toy is rotated, produce an illusion of animation
Word Origin
C19: Greek zoe life + trope turn
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Word Origin and History for zoetrope

1867, literally "wheel of life," from Greek zoe "life" (see zoo) + trope "turn" (see trope).

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