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A skeuomorph is a physical ornament or design on an object copied from a form of the object when made from another material or by other techniques.

There can be physical skeuomorphs or digital skeuomorphs - eg: clay pottery with rope shaped features which are just clay all the same, or graphical interfaces which emulate objects in the physical world, or features such as iphone's click sound on the camera which does not come from a mechanical shutter, but from a sound file (photoShutter.caf) in the phone's operating system.

"skeuomorphic aesthetic"