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intarsia

[in-tahr-see-uh] /ɪnˈtɑr si ə/
noun
1.
an art or technique of decorating a surface with inlaid patterns, especially of wood mosaic, developed during the Renaissance.
Also, tarsia.
Origin
1860-1865
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
Related forms
intarsiate
[in-tahr-see-eyt, -it] /ɪnˈtɑr siˌeɪt, -ɪt/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • His work also includes channel work, intarsia, specialty chain fabrication and wire wrap.
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British Dictionary definitions for intarsia

intarsia

/ɪnˈtɑːsɪə/
noun
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
Word Origin
C19: changed from Italian intarsio
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