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A mechanical device consisting of a rotating drum ringed with narrow apertures through which an animated image is viewed.

[Greek zōē, life + -tropos, turning; see -tropous.]
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(Games, other than specified) 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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The daedaleum was improved in the 1860s and became popular as the zootrope.
The zootrope consists of a drum with 13 slits in its side that can spin on its axis.
A zootrope is usually a substantial device with the drum made out of metal.
In Zootrope, our character does a neat flip atop a stenciled car that in each frame is annotated with more and more lines denoting movement.
In fact, many devices originally designed for optical experimentation--the phenakistiscope, the zootrope, the stereoscope--began to saturate the market and the popular imagination, not as scientific tools, but rather for entertainment purposes.
The phenakistiscope ("deceptive view"), stroboscope, and zootrope ("wheel of life") all appeared in 1833 and 1834 as marketable commodities that would have been available to the same audience that Kirkland addresses in her fiction (Crary 109-10).
AYOUR Zoetrope (also known as Zootrope) was invented by William Horner in 1834.