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A design seen in the kaleidoscope
 
The tube of a kaleidoscope

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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek καλός (kalós, beautiful) + εἶδος (eîdos, shape) (compare -oid) +‎ -scope. Coined 1817, by David Brewster, its inventor.[1]

Figurative sense of “constantly changing pattern” attested 1819 by Lord Byron, who had received a kaleidoscope from his publisher.[1]

NounEdit

kaleidoscope (plural kaleidoscopes)

  1. A tube of mirrors containing loose coloured beads etc. that is rotated to produce a succession of symmetrical designs.
  2. A constantly changing set of colours, or other things.

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VerbEdit

kaleidoscope (third-person singular simple present kaleidoscopes, present participle kaleidoscoping, simple past and past participle kaleidoscoped)

  1. (intransitive) To move in shifting patterns.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 kaleidoscope” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.