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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1901, from Japanese, from ikeru "to keep alive, arrange" + hana "flower."


n. 1 The Japanese art of flower arrangement. 2 An arrangement of flowers in this style.


is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as .

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Japanese room was an alcove with a fuzzy ikebana arrangement that hovered in the Matrix.

What about all the minute aspects of Japanese life that set us apart from everyone else: the complexity of the tea ceremony, the arts of ukiyo-e, ikebana, haiku, the concepts of honor, filial duty, bushido, giri.