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t'ai chi ch'uan

[tahy jee chwahn, chee]
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noun
  1. a Chinese martial art and form of stylized, meditative exercise, characterized by methodically slow circular and stretching movements and positions of bodily balance.
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Also tai chi chuan; Pinyin, tai ji quan [tahy jee chyahn] /ˈtaɪ ˈdʒi ˈtʃüɑn/.

Origin of t'ai chi ch'uan

First recorded in 1960–65, t'ai chi ch'uan is from the Chinese word tàijí quán literally, fist of the Great Absolute
Also called t'ai chi, tai chi, tai ji.
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British Dictionary definitions for t'ai chi ch'uan

t'ai chi ch'uan

noun
  1. a Chinese system of callisthenics characterized by coordinated and rhythmic movementsOften shortened to: t'ai chi (ˈtaɪ ˈdʒiː)
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Word Origin

Chinese, literally: great art of boxing
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