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a device for giving an illusion of motion, consisting of a slitted drum that, when whirled, shows a succession of images placed opposite the slits within the drum as one moving image.
Contemporary Examples

After Lucy Fisher became head of production for Francis Coppola’s zoetrope Studios, he could barely contain his envy.
Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon Robert Sam Anson February 28, 2014

Historical Examples

My zoetrope thus worked off itself, and piled up Karma for all the village whether anyone happened to be looking at it or not.
Hilda Wade Grant Allen

Avenues of poplars on both sides of the road chased each other like the figures in a zoetrope.
The Ball and The Cross G.K. Chesterton

Add gradually ten ounces of piperazine, a pint of Harrogate water and inhale leisurely through a zoetrope.
Punch, 1917.07.04, Vol. 153, Issue No. 1 Various

The zoetrope, or Wheel of Life, which appeared first in 1860, is a modification of the same idea.
The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams

With the discovery of instantaneous photography, a new application of the principle of the zoetrope was found.
Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly, May 1899 Various

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

1867, literally “wheel of life,” from Greek zoe “life” (see zoo) + trope “turn” (see trope).


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