mil·​le·​fi·​o·​ri | \ˌmi-lə-fē-ˈȯr-ē \

Definition of millefiori 

: ornamental glass produced by cutting cross sections of fused bundles of glass rods of various colors and sizes

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Fit for a caliph Glass inlays of clear and purple geometric shapes and multicolored millefiori tiles, along with elaborate mosaics, decorated the walls of the audience chamber at Dar al-Kilafa palace. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval artisans built a glass-walled palace in the desert," 31 Aug. 2018 But the millefiori glass beads, silver bell pendants and shell ornaments were brought in, most likely from Poland, the Baltic states and parts of the Roman Empire, the study said. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Skeletons tell story of 'truly horrifying' fifth-century massacre," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of millefiori

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for millefiori

Italian, from mille fiori a thousand flowers

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