Definition of marquetry
: decorative work in which elaborate patterns are formed by the insertion of pieces of material (such as wood, shell, or ivory) into a wood veneer that is then applied to a surface (as of a piece of furniture)
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Mom, the biology and anatomy teacher by fall and nurse by summer, runs a Lithuanian preschool class on weekends and is a master of crossword puzzles and crafts ranging from beadwork, mosaics, carpentry, painting, marquetry, sewing, knitting… etc.
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Origin and Etymology of marquetry
Middle French marqueterie, from marqueter to checker, inlay, from marque mark
First Known Use: 1563
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