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bioscope, noun

Forms:
Also baaiscope.
Origin:
English, Greek, South African English, AfrikaansShow more Obsolete English, cinema projector, from Greek bios life + skopein to look at; the continued use of the word in South African English was no doubt reinforced by Afrikaans bioskoop movies, cinema.
1. obsolescent
a. A motion-picture film; bio. Also attributive. Cf. fliek.
[1898 The Jrnl 19 Mar. 2Albany Hall. To-Night (Saturday), And following Nights. James’s Bioscope and micro-Phonograph Entertainment.]
1990 D. Beckett in Frontline Mar.Apr. 12The German is a technician on holiday, with a bioscope accent.
b. A cinema, or motion-picture house; bio. See also bughouse. Also attributive.
Note:
Often used without an article (see quotations 1974, 1986, 1989).
1905 Rand Daily Mail 1 Mar. 6Rees’ Popular Bioscope. Hundreds turned away on Saturday night.
1990 Sunday Times 4 Mar. (Mag. Sect.) 65A mini-museum of moviehouses, authentic in its detail right down to the heavy velvet curtains, retrieved from a bioscope about to close down.
c. rare With distinguishing epithet.
little bioscope, mini-bioscope: television.
1971 Daily News 8 Mar. 13First it was Dr. Albert Hertzog and his opposition to the ‘little bioscope’.
1977 E. Prov. Herald 1 July 15Dr Albert Hertzog..who called television an ‘immoral mini-bioscope’..will make his television debut soon.
2. figurative. A spectacle; entertainment.
1953 P. Lanham Blanket Boy’s Moon 204Dost Ghulam watched with interested eyes the bioscope which Nature provided on the windscreen of the motor car.
1986 L. Sampson in Style May 103It is..a real bioscope. What they don’t buy, and what they don’t do. Oi, sometimes a person can hardly believe it.
A motion-picture film; bio. Also attributive.
A cinema, or motion-picture house; bio.
A spectacle; entertainment.

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