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fretwork

[fret-wurk] /ˈfrɛtˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
ornamental work consisting of interlacing parts, especially work in which the design is formed by perforation.
2.
any pattern of dark and light, such as that of perforated fretwork.
Origin of fretwork
1595-1605
1595-1605; fret2 + work
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British Dictionary definitions for fretwork

fretwork

/ˈfrɛtˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
decorative geometrical carving or openwork
2.
any similar pattern of light and dark
3.
ornamental work of three-dimensional frets
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Word Origin and History for fretwork
n.

also fret-work, c.1600, from fret (n.) + work (n.).

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