Pronounced: jim-KAH-nuh, noun

Notes: I have run across this in a British television show, but I didn’t know the word

Yesterday’s word

The word trompe l’oeil means

  • a style of painting in which objects are rendered in extremely realistic detail, giving an illusion of reality
  • a painting, mural, etc made in this style

The word comes from French (duh!) and literally means “fools the eye” with the following root words: tromper (to deceive), le (the), oeil (eye).

First usage

This word came into English in the late 1800s

Rejected word

The candidate word roseate was rejected because I properly figured out the meaning.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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