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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.

[para- + Greek eidōlon, image, phantom; see idol + -ia.]
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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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SOMA whizzkid Alex Smoke continues to impress with his second album, Paradolia. He's never going to bother the charts but if he continues to produce stuff like this, Mills and co might have to look over their shoulders.
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