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mottainai

mottainai
 n.— «Maathai, who is also an Assistant Environment Minister, urged the world to adopt “mottainai”, a Japanese term for reducing, reusing and recycling resources.» —“Campaign for debt relief, Maathai tells Africa” The Standard (Nairobi, Kenya) Mar. 31, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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