kaleidoscope NOUN 1) a toy consisting of a tube containing mirrors and pieces of coloured glass or paper, whose reflections produce changing patterns when the tube is rotated. 2) a constantly changing pattern or sequence.
DERIVATIVES kaleidoscopic adjective.
ORIGIN from Greek kalos 'beautiful' + eidos 'form' + -SCOPE(Cf. ↑-scope).

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