Definition of schiffli
: a complex power machine for working embroidery designs and lace patterns on textiles schiffli embroidery
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Origin and Etymology of schiffli
German dialect (Swiss), literally, small ship, diminutive of German schiff ship, from Old High German skif; probably from the shape of its shuttles
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