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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Recent Examples on the Web Tangrams Plus Tangrams Plus is based on the ancient Chinese tangram puzzles. cleveland, "Fun and educational games, activities to save your sanity during coronavirus school break," 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, "Philly library initiative encourages kids to run, climb and scale walls," 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, "CRS Charity Ball raises money for those in need: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 29 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of tangram

1861, 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 5 Jul. 2020.

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