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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Traditional Japanese art forms include sculpture, ink painting and calligraphy, woodblock prints, origami and ceramics. The Seattle Times, "From ancient to post-modern: Get art smart in Tokyo," 22 Oct. 2018 There were four flat sheets in a bedding origami that had nothing to do with comfort, just picture taking. Christopher Elliott, The Seattle Times, "‘Like sleeping on a bed of nails’: What to do when hotel-mattress hype doesn’t match reality," 30 July 2018 Alma of Take Back the Kitchen offers up a little bit of food origami and a great way to use leftover rice and chicken. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Desperation Dinners: Chicken and Rice Dumplings," 1 Dec. 2010 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

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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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