intarsia

[in-tahr-see-uh]
noun
an art or technique of decorating a surface with inlaid patterns, especially of wood mosaic, developed during the Renaissance.
Also, tarsia.


Origin:
1860–65; alteration (influenced by Italian tarsia) of Italian intarsio, derivative of intarsiare to inlay, equivalent to in- in-2 + tarsiare < Arabic tarṣīʿ an inlay, incrustation; see tarsia

intarsiate [in-tahr-see-eyt, -it] , adjective
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intarsia or tarsia (ɪnˈtɑːsɪə)
 
n
1.  a decorative or pictorial mosaic of inlaid wood or sometimes ivory of a style developed in the Italian Renaissance and used esp on wooden wall panels
2.  the art or practice of making such mosaics
3.  (in knitting) an individually worked motif
 
[C19: changed from Italian intarsio]
 
tarsia or tarsia
 
n
 
[C19: changed from Italian intarsio]

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His work also includes channel work, intarsia, specialty chain fabrication and wire wrap.
Wood intarsia and marquetry are included in this category.
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