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[tuh-tah-mee] /təˈtɑ mi/
noun, plural tatami, tatamis.
(in Japanese houses) any of a number of thick, woven straw mats of uniform dimensions, about three feet by six feet (91 cm by 183 cm), the placing of which determines the dimensions of an interior.
Origin of tatami
From Japanese, dating back to 1895-1900, noun use of v.: to fold up Unabridged
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/təˈtɑːmɪ; tæˈtæmɪ/
noun (pl) -mi, -mis
a thick rectangular mat of woven straw, used as a standard to measure a Japanese room
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1610s, from Japanese tatami.

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