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  • n. The tendency to interpret a vague stimulus as something known to the observer, such as interpreting marks on Mars as canals, seeing shapes in clouds, or hearing hidden messages in music.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek; παρα (para, "amiss, wrong") + εἴδωλον (eidōlon, "image"). (Wiktionary)

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