ori·​ga·​mi | \ ˌȯr-ə-ˈgä-mē How to pronounce origami (audio) \

Definition of origami

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

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Park’s entry was inspired by origami tessellations. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "These Wild Sculptures Could Bring Sustainable Energy to the Desert," 10 Sep. 2019 Imagine standing in the midst of human hieroglyphics, contortionists, gymnasts and acrobatic actors engaged in an organic origami of expression. Dasun Imanuel, Essence, "Street Dance Evolves From The Subway To Centerstage In The Powerful Performance 'Maze'," 28 Aug. 2019 Her grandfather, Tokinobu Mihara, wrote two of the first English-language books on origami in the 1950s. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Origami-Palooza draws avid folders to Japantown," 25 Aug. 2019 The offerings at our local camp fair included week-long immersions into: Spanish; coding; theater; chess; origami; survival skills; art; robotics; and cooking. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Summer isn't a break for kids or parents," 22 Aug. 2019 There will be hands-on arts and crafts such as hat-making and origami, a scavenger hunt, storytelling, face painting and a photo booth, plus traditional treats to sample. Los Angeles Times, "6 Weekend Picks, including Tchaikovsky and the Trojan Marching Band at the Bowl," 8 Aug. 2019 Photography Exhibit: Hakone Gardens presents an exhibit of imaginative scenes, including origami and temari, by Russ Kumai and Carol Cameron. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "West Valley calendar of events for the week of Aug. 30," 30 Aug. 2019 Growing up, Boris Gramajo loved creating origami and making pieces of paper come to life. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A Glastonbury high grad has talent and artistic passion. Now he’s headed to a prestigious art school thanks to the local community," 19 Aug. 2019 Conceived as an amenity that would be bookended by two residential towers — Chicago developer Dan McLean built only one of them, to the west — the park consisted of sloping surfaces that resembled folds in a piece of origami. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "The dull blocks west of Navy Pier get an engaging park: Will it be loved to death?," 31 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce origami (audio) \

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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