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Topic: TOYS

Date: 1800-1900
Language: Greek
Origin: kalos 'beautiful' + eidos 'form' + English -scope (as in telescope)

kaleidoscope

noun
     
ka‧lei‧do‧scope [countable]
1 a pattern, situation, or scene that is always changing and has many details or bright colours
kaleidoscope of
a kaleidoscope of cultures
2DHT a tube with mirrors and pieces of coloured glass at one end, which shows coloured patterns when you turn it
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