noun (plural trompe l'oeils pronounced same)[mass noun]
1Visual illusion in art, especially as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object: look at the pillars and arches around the immense dome—they are trompe l'œil his love of classical trompe l'œil is sometimes a little precious [as modifier]: trompe l'œil architectural details trompe l'œil marble
French, literally 'deceives the eye'.
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