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n. pl. emoji also e·mo·jis
1. A standardized ideogrammatic icon, as of a face or a heart, used especially in electronic messages or on webpages.
2. Such icons considered collectively.
[Japanese : e, picture (from Old Japanese we, from Early Middle Chinese γwəjh) + moji, writing (from Old Japanese monji, moji, from Early Middle Chinese mun dzı̷h (also the source of Mandarin wénzì) mun, mark, writing (from Old Chinese mə, soot + -n, n. suffix, since Chinese ink is traditionally made from soot) + dzı̷h, symbol, character; see kanji).]
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