millefiore

millefiori

[mil-uh-fee-awr-ee, -ohr-ee]
noun
decorative glass made by fusing multicolored glass canes together, cutting them crosswise, joining them into new groups, embedding the groups in transparent glass, and blowing the resultant mass into a desired shape.
Also, millefiore.


Origin:
1840–50; < Italian, equivalent to mille thousand (< Latin) + fiori, plural of fiore < Latin flōri- (stem of flōs) flower

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millefiori (ˌmɪlɪˈfjɔːrɪ)
 
n
a.  decorative glassware in which coloured glass rods are fused and cut to create flower patterns: an ancient technique revived in Venice in the sixteenth century and in France and England in the nineteenth century
 b.  (as modifier): a millefiori paperweight
 
[C19: from Italian: thousand flowers]

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