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.

1865–70; irregular < Greek zōḗ life + tropḗ turn

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zoetrope (ˈzəʊɪˌtrəʊp)
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
[C19: Greek zoe life + trope turn]

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1867, lit. "wheel of life," from Gk. zoe "life" (see zoo) + trope "turn" (see trope).
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Example sentences
The exhibit uses a rotating platform and strobe lights to create a giant zoetrope to explore how these immense dinosaurs moved.
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