ori·ga·mi | \ˌȯr-ə-ˈgä-mē \

Definition of origami 

: the Japanese art or process of folding squares of paper into representational shapes

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After performances by traditional Japanese musicians and dancers, including taiko drummers, stick around for food, storytelling, and origami. BostonGlobe.com, "Five things to do the week of May 7-13," 5 May 2018 The origami-reminiscent leather Tabouret camp stool by Atelier Oï, available in a range of bright colors, folds flat. Candice Baker Yacono, latimes.com, "Louis Vuitton South Coast Plaza reopens with store-exclusive merchandise," 12 July 2018 Ending human trafficking: Brianna Yang and Jazzy Chen, both 18, teamed up to make and sell book boxes, origami and other crafts, to benefit an organization that fights human trafficking. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sage Creek High School students tap their ingenuity for senior "Genius Projects"," 17 May 2018 Participants will also make origami-style paper puppets to color and take home. 718-777-6888, movingimage.us FLOWER FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL at Flushing Town Hall (July 1, noon-5 p.m.). Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "8 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 28 June 2018 This is where Andiario spends most of his time, twisting short cuts of strozzapreti, folding jade sheets of stinging nettle dough into tortelloni origami. Adam Erace, Philly.com, "After finding themselves unexpectedly homeless in West Chester, chef and his wife put down roots at Andiario," 19 June 2018 To assemble the walls, the robot used the beam to score the silica without cutting all the way through, Rauch said, and then the structure was folded into place like origami. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Why scientists created the world's smallest house," 30 May 2018 That piece was then folded like origami to make the home’s frame and welded together via the gas injection system. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This is truly the world’s tiniest tiny house," 25 May 2018 What do matchstick houses, duct tape flower pens, clothespin dolls, seashells and origami have in common? Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of origami

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for origami

Japanese, from ori fold + kami paper

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English Language Learners Definition of origami

: the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes that look like birds, animals, etc.


ori·ga·mi | \ˌȯr-ə-ˈgä-mē \

Kids Definition of origami

: the art of folding paper into three-dimensional figures or designs without cutting the paper or using glue

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