Meaning of pareidolia in English:


Pronunciation /parɪˈdəʊlɪə/


mass noun
  • The perception of apparently significant patterns or recognizable images, especially faces, in random or accidental arrangements of shapes and lines.

    • ‘there could be a mysterious stone coffin on Mars, or, more likely, it's just the latest example of pareidolia’


1960s (as a plural noun): from German Pareidolien, from Greek para (see para-) + eidōlon ‘image’, from eidos ‘form, shape’.