pareidolia(redirected from Paradolia)
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The perception of a recognizable image or meaningful pattern where none exists or is intended, as the perception of a face in the surface features of the moon.
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(Psychiatry) the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features
[C20: from para-4 + eidolon]
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