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tatami

[ tuh-tah-mee ]

noun

, plural ta·ta·mi, ta·ta·mis.
  1. (in Japanese houses) any of a number of thick, woven straw mats of uniform dimensions, about 3 feet by 6 feet (91 centimeters by 183 centimeters), the placing of which determines the dimensions of an interior.


tatami

/ təˈtɑːmɪ; tæˈtæmɪ /

noun

  1. a thick rectangular mat of woven straw, used as a standard to measure a Japanese room


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Word History and Origins

Origin of tatami1

From Japanese, dating back to 1895–1900; noun use of the verb: “to fold up”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of tatami1

Japanese
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Example Sentences

An excuse for the neglect of cats is that they scratch woodwork and tatami and insist on carrying their food into the best room.

The multitudes of fleas that infest the normal Japanese home are convincing proof of the real state of the "tatami."

In places the frayed tatami (mats) bent under his feet, evidence of decay of the supporting floor.

She waited the reply, eyes cast down on the tatami, for she at least had some remains of modesty.

A score of wine casks lay tumbled, the liquor spilled on the tatami.

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