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The origin of the word is unclear. Its first printed appearance was in French books in the late 17th century.
Examples of zigzags
Lightning and other electrical hazards are often depicted with a zigzag design, with long downward strokes and short backward ones.
Pinking shears are designed to cut cloth or paper with a zigzag edge, to lessen fraying.
A carpenter's folding ruler can be folded to look like a zigzag.
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