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diorama (noun) a large painted scene forming the background to three-dimensional objects.

A life-size display of three-dimensional figures of birds, animals, etc., against the background of a life-size landscape painting is a diorama. A diorama can be useful in teaching children geography and history. The three-dimensional pictures provide a lifelike presentation.

  • The pupils of the school were particularly attracted to the diorama of the polar bears, with the three-dimensional figures of the bears set against the backdrop of the painting of the polar regions.
  • The diorama presented figures of African elephants and tigers against a realistically drawn painting of an African jungle.
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