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Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 14:26:06 -0600 (CST)
Who is asking: Student
What is the mathematical term for the kite shape?
The word KITE is commonly used
for the kite shape, (e.g. John Conway, of Princeton,
an EXPERT on vocabulary). Strange that this, alone, out of the quadrilaterals
with an important symmetry (mirror reflection) has no Greek or
Latin name. However this is probably better that the
name 'Isoceles Trapezoid' for a related quadlateral (one reflection, with mirror through the midpoints of the parallel sides).
Given the choice, I even rename this - focussing on
the diagonals and the equal sides - and call it a butterfly!
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