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trompe l'oeil

noun [C] uk   /trɒmpˈlɔi/  us   /trɑːmp-/
a painting that is cleverly designed to trick people into thinking that the objects represented in it are really there: He is said to have painted a trompe l'oeil of grapes which was so realistic that birds tried to peck at them.
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