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  • n. A disc placed between a light and the illuminated object or actor in order to diffuse the glare.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common burdock, Arctium Lappa. It is much cultivated in Japan for its root, which is there a popular garden vegetable.

Etymologies

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From go-between?

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  • A theatrical lighting term: "a template or pattern cut into a circular plate used to create patterns of projected light. The name may be derived from go between, or from Goes Before Optics. Go between refers to its position between the lamp and the lens. Another origin may be: Graphical optical blackout."

    But also (and this was something I didn't know): "a slang term used by sound recording engineers to refer to a movable acoustic isolation panel…an acoustics gobo is parallel in use to a photography gobo, which is used to block direct light sources, and also shares its name with the stage lighting gobo."

    October 16, 2008