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Etymology 1[edit]

Uncertain; possibly from go-between. It is sometimes considered an acronym and spelled GOBO, but this may be a folk etymology.


gobo (plural gobos or goboes)

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  1. (film, television) A disc placed between a light and the illuminated object or actor in order to diffuse the glare.
  2. (theater) A template inserted over a light source in order to control the shape of the thrown light.
  3. A device used to shield a microphone from extraneous sounds.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Japanese 牛蒡 (gobō, burdock root).


gobo (uncountable)

  1. The taproot of young burdock plants, eaten as a root vegetable.