- the traditional Japanese art or technique of folding paper into a variety of decorative or representational forms, as of animals or flowers.
- an object made by origami.
Origin of origami
1920–25; < Japanese, equivalent to ori fold + -gami, combining form of kami paper
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- the art or process, originally Japanese, of paper folding
from Japanese, from ori a folding + kami paper
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Word Origin and History for origami
1956, from Japanese origami, from ori "fold" + kami "paper."
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