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origami

Have you ever folded a square sheet of paper into the shape of a crane? That's origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.

Some origami is incredibly complicated and takes a long time to learn, while even small children can easily create simpler origami designs. Every piece of finished origami, whether it's a dog or an umbrella or a box, begins with a sheet of paper and specific folding techniques. Origami comes from two Japanese words, ori, "fold," and kami, "paper."

Definitions of origami
  1. noun
    the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes representing objects (e.g., flowers or birds)
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    type of:
    art, artistic creation, artistic production
    the creation of beautiful or significant things
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