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What's the difference between a kite and a rhombus?

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The difference between a kite and a rhombus is that a kite does not always have four equal sides or two pairs of parallel sides like a rhombus. A kite is a four-sided shape that has two sets of adjacent sides that have equal lengths. All rhombuses and squares are also kites.

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What's the difference between a kite and a rhombus?
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A kite is one type of four sided figure known as a quadrilateral. As with all quadrilaterals, the sum of its four angles is 360 degrees. The angles of a kite are equal at the points where the two pairs of adjacent sides meet. To calculate the area of a kite, the lengths of its two diagonals are multiplied together and the sum is divided by two.

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    How is a rhombus similar to a square?

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    A rhombus is similar to a square in two ways: both have two pairs of parallel sides and both have four equal sides. A rhombus is different from a square because it does not have four right angles. All squares are also rhombuses.

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    What is the perimeter of a kite?

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    A rhombus is an equilateral parallelogram, which is a two-dimensional, four-sided figure in which opposite sides are parallel and all sides have equal length. A square fits this definition. However, it is usually considered a special case, and some definitions of a rhombus specify that squares are not included.

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