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Although the origin of the word is unclear, its first printed appearances were in French-language books and ephemera of 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.
The stripe on Charlie Brown's famous yellow shirt is a zigzag.
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