origami

noun
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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Last year, Rothemund's Caltech colleague Lulu Qian introduced a cheap means of getting DNA origami to assemble itself into large arrays. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Caltech scientists use DNA tiles to play tic-tac-toe at the nanoscale," 29 Dec. 2018 And judging by the ombré origami dress that Kelsey Lu wore onstage there last year, the dress code is just as progressive as the project’s conceit. Vogue, "Forget Coachella: These Far-Flung Alternatives Are Pushing Festival Style Forward," 9 Mar. 2019 These include a house that looks like an origami landed on a lawn and another that’s hidden behind what looks like rows of rusty metal shutters. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Perfectionist Architect’s Experimental Home," 27 Dec. 2018 Located in the center of Little Tokyo, the crisp white hotel’s sculptural façade is inspired by origami and opens to a tranquil patio and Japanese garden: plush seating is framed by a bookcase stocked with literature and ceramics. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to the Little Tokyo of Mexico City," 23 Jan. 2019 The bee can do this because of an elastic material in its wings called resilin, which allows it to crumple its wings like folding origami and bounce back. David L. Hu, WSJ, "Robot Design Goes Back to Nature," 9 Nov. 2018 But that's just what happened when Sicilian interior designer and artist Oscar Piccolo casually posted an origami-like paper version on his feed. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Pleated Lampshades Are On Their Way Back," 13 Dec. 2018 Intersecting flat planes at the entrance may suggest the shoebox orthogonals of High Modernism, but the interior quickly counters that impression with a large open space animated by a ceiling of intricate origami-like folds. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "A Buoyant Building for Looking and Learning," 12 Nov. 2018 After the talk, paper co-author Brennan Phillips of the University of Rhode Island approached Teoh and asked him to scale up his tiny origami robot to 20 to 30 times the presented size. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Neat 12-Sided Origami Bot Traps Squid and Jellyfish Without Hurting Them," 18 July 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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origami

noun

English Language Learners Definition of origami

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

origami

noun
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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