Emoji is a combination of two japanese words:

絵 e (picture) + 文字 moji (character)

Emoji support has been added to version 6.1 of Unicode and allows for glyphs such as 😄, 🐱, 🎈, 🏠 and 📶. Some typography engines will even render these as color graphics as well. Typefaces that support Emoji characters include Apple Color Emoji and Symbola.

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