marquetry

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noun mar·que·try \ˈmär-kə-trē\
variants: or less commonly

marqueterie

Definition of marquetry

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of marquetry

Middle French marqueterie, from marqueter to checker, inlay, from marque mark


First Known Use: 1563


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