tan·​gram | \ ˈtaŋ-grəm How to pronounce tangram (audio) , ˈtan- \

Definition of tangram

: a Chinese puzzle made by cutting a square of thin material into five triangles, a square, and a rhomboid which are capable of being recombined in many different figures

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Examples of tangram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tangrams Plus Tangrams Plus is based on the ancient Chinese tangram puzzles. cleveland, 16 Mar. 2020 Each branch has a set of large tangram blocks — interlocking pieces that can be built with and used as movable seats. Katherine Nails, Philly.com, 21 June 2018 Math activities in the classroom featured the creation of math tangram puzzles, math scavenger hunts, math puzzles, etc. Julie A. Short/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, 29 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of tangram

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tangram

perhaps from Chinese (Beijing) táng Chinese + English -gram

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“Tangram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tangram. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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