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1. A three-dimensional miniature or life-size scene in which figures, stuffed wildlife, or other objects are arranged in a naturalistic setting against a painted background.
2. A scene reproduced on cloth transparencies with various lights shining through the cloths to produce changes in effect, intended for viewing at a distance through an aperture.
[French, blend of dia-, through (from Greek; see dia-) and panorama, panorama (from English; see panorama).]
di′o·ram′ic (-răm′ĭk) adj.
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