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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A toy made of a card with an image on each side; when twirled, the images combine

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An optical instrument or toy for showing the persistence of an impression upon the eyes after the luminous object is withdrawn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An optical apparatus dependent for its effects upon the persistence of retinal impressions.


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  • Mom made you robot thaumatrope invitations for your birthday party and robot buttons as gifts for everyone who came.

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  • The friends of the zoötrope surely knew another little plaything, the thaumatrope.

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  • The square, he said, went round him like a thaumatrope; he saw the Alhambra leap into the air like a balloon; and reeled against the railing.

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  • StarShipSofa strangehorizons - Strange Horizons thaumatrope -

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  • 11: 14 New microstory from me over on @thaumatrope -- sadly apropos, considering, despite being written & placed some time ago.

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  • 10: 15 And my latest microstory just popped up on @thaumatrope #

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  • 15: 43 My first microstory up on @thaumatrope -- more to come.

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