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[kah-kuh-moh-noh; Japanese kah-ke-maw-naw]
noun, plural ka·ke·mo·nos, ka·ke·mo·no.
  1. a vertical hanging scroll containing either text or a painting, intended to be viewed on a wall and rolled when not in use.
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Origin of kakemono

1885–90; < Japanese, equivalent to kake(y) to hang (see kakebuton) + mono thing
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Examples from the Web for kakemono

Historical Examples of kakemono

  • Most of the kakemono in the tokonomas are Shint rather than Buddhist.

    The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2

    Elizabeth Bisland

  • It is ridiculous that Tokijiro should come in search of the kakemono that was entrusted to me.

    Romances of Old Japan

    Yei Theodora Ozaki

  • Some interpret the bird's note as meaning, "Has the kakemono been suspended?"

    Myths &amp; Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis

  • Rikiu places the various articles before them, with the kakemono.

    The Book of Tea

    Kakuzo Okakura

  • In front of the kakemono was a slender vase in which was a single spray of flowers.

    The Four Corners in Japan

    Amy Ella Blanchard

British Dictionary definitions for kakemono


noun plural -nos
  1. a Japanese paper or silk wall hanging, usually long and narrow, with a picture or inscription on it and a roller at the bottom
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Word Origin for kakemono

C19: from Japanese, from kake hanging + mono thing
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