noun Etymology: Greek kalos beautiful + eidos form + English -scope — more at idyll Date: 1817 1. an instrument containing loose bits of colored material (as glass or plastic) between two flat plates and two plane mirrors so placed that changes of position of the bits of material are reflected in an endless variety of patterns 2. something resembling a kaleidoscope: as a. a variegated changing pattern or scene <
the lake a kaleidoscope of changing colors — Robert Gibbings
b. a succession of changing phases or actions <
a…kaleidoscope of shifting values, information, fashions — Frank McLaughlin
c. a diverse collection <
newsgroups devoted to a kaleidoscope of topics — J. M. Moran
kaleidoscopic adjectivekaleidoscopically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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