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947428.  Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:19 am Reply with quote

1817, lit. "observer of beautiful forms," coined by its inventor, Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), from Gk. kalos "beautiful" + eidos "shape" (see -oid) + -scope, on model of telescope, etc. Figurative meaning "constantly changing pattern" is first attested 1819 in Lord Byron, whose publisher had sent him one.

A teleidoscope is a kind of kaleidoscope but there is no endpiece containing color, only a clear lens that turns everything it is pointed toward into a kaleidoscopic image. Brewster referred to the teleidoscope as the purest form of a kaleidoscope, because the viewer is not limited by the objects in an endpiece. Rather, the whole world becomes his kaleidoscope.

"Kaleidoscope Eyes" is a way of saying that some one is hallucinating.
A "kaleidescope yawn" is the act of vomiting.

...and I suppose to see a Higgs boson you'd use a Large Hadron Collider-scope?


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