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millefiori

[mil-uh-fee-awr-ee, -ohr-ee] /ˌmɪl ə fiˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i/
noun
1.
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
1840-1850
1840-50; < Italian, equivalent to mille thousand (< Latin) + fiori, plural of fiore < Latin flōri- (stem of flōs) flower
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British Dictionary definitions for millefiori

millefiori

/ˌmɪlɪˈfjɔːrɪ/
noun
1.
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier): a millefiori paperweight
Word Origin
C19: from Italian: thousand flowers
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Contemporary definitions for millefiori
noun

a type of mosaic glass made with various-colored and -sized cross-sections of fused glass rods, esp. used in paperweights

Word Origin

Italian mille fiori 'thousand flowers'

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