petit point

pet·​it point | \ ˈpe-tē-ˌpȯint How to pronounce petit point (audio) \

Definition of petit point

: tent stitch also : embroidery made with this stitch

First Known Use of petit point

1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petit point

French, literally, small point

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“Petit point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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