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tokonoma

[toh-kuh-noh-muh] /ˌtoʊ kəˈnoʊ mə/
noun
1.
(in Japanese architecture) a shallow alcove for the display of kakemonos or flower arrangements.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Japanese, equivalent to toko (raised) floor + -no grammatical particle + ma room
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