...the Japanese art of paper folding. In modern usage, the word "origami" is often used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin. The goal is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Modern origami practitioners generally discourage the use of cuts, glue, or markings on the paper. Origami folders often use the Japanese word kirigami to refer to designs which use cuts.
oru = to fold
kami = paper
(kami becomes gami because of a phenomenon that occurs "when two or more words join together to form one word, and the initial consonant of the second word becomes voiced." (1)