from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The Japanese art of cutting and folding paper into ornamental objects or designs.

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  • noun Origami, with cutting permitted.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Japanese : kiri, to cut + kami, paper.]

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From Japanese 切り紙 (きりがみ, kirigami)


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  • One blogger who attended the 2009 event deemed it a success and was particularly impressed by a demonstration of kirigami and the way that it can be used to make cards.

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  • Japanese art of kirigami, which includes cutting of a folded paper.

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  • Activities during the day will include exploring a floating Japanese tea room, constructing a kirigami structure, planting and seeding a biodegradable cow pot, watching the Washington Ballet and listening to the Suzuki Strings being performed by youth from the Levine School of Music.

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  • Students from Chaparral and Coronado elementary schools in Higley were taught the Japanese art of kirigami to shape snowflakes that were then attached to artwork representing Arizona. | news

  • The paper art in making the stars is similar to kirigami, which involves both cutting and folding paper.

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  • Nippostrongylus kendo kyu nisei kesa-gatame kyudo No keyaki linked verse nogaku kiaki mai noh kibei maiko nori kiku makimono norimon Kikuchi mama-san norito kikumon mamushi noshi kikyo mana notan ki-mon matsu nunchakus kimono matsuri oban kimono sleeve matsuyama, adj. obang kin mebos obe kiri medaka obi kirigami Meiji odori kirimon menuki ofuro kirin metake o-goshi koan miai oiran mikado ojime sub mikan Okayama, adj. kobang Mikimoto Okazaki kobe, adj.

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  • Japanese term for folded paper with small cuts (like origami... but not origami).

    kiru = "to cut"

    kami = "paper"

    November 14, 2007