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tapestry

[tap-uh-stree] /ˈtæp ə stri/
noun, plural tapestries.
1.
a fabric consisting of a warp upon which colored threads are woven by hand to produce a design, often pictorial, used for wall hangings, furniture coverings, etc.
2.
a machine-woven reproduction of this.
verb (used with object), tapestried, tapestrying.
3.
to furnish, cover, or adorn with tapestry.
4.
to represent or depict in a tapestry.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English tapst(e)ry, tapistry < Middle French tapisserie carpeting. See tapis, -ery
Related forms
tapestrylike, adjective
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  • But there are still places here with a rich tapestry of unique flora and fauna.
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  • Find decorative tapestry wall hangings, woven clothing, and crafts at outdoor markets and cooperatives.
  • It is an intricate and beautiful web, time has woven a beautiful tapestry for us to observe.
  • She knew she could create a traffic-stopping tapestry of plants that would survive on half the water.
  • Even if there was some kind of mistake internally it got incorporated into the larger tapestry.
  • Enjoy her personal stories and luminous images of people and places that reveal the rich tapestry of the human experience.
  • Maya history became a tapestry of precise dates and vividly named personages.
  • From this vantage point, the luxuriant tapestry appears as thick as ancient rain-forest canopy.
British Dictionary definitions for tapestry

tapestry

/ˈtæpɪstrɪ/
noun (pl) -tries
1.
a heavy ornamental fabric, often in the form of a picture, used for wall hangings, furnishings, etc, and made by weaving coloured threads into a fixed warp
2.
another word for needlepoint
3.
a colourful and complicated situation: the rich tapestry of London life
Derived Forms
tapestried, adjective
tapestry-like, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French tapisserie carpeting, from Old French tapiz carpet; see tapis
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Word Origin and History for tapestry
n.

mid-15c., variant of tapissery (early 15c.), from Middle French tapisserie "tapestry" (14c.), from tapisser "to cover with heavy fabric," from tapis "heavy fabric," from Old French tapiz (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tappetium, from Byzantine Greek tapetion, from classical Greek, diminutive of tapes (genitive tapetos) "tapestry, heavy fabric," probably from an Iranian source (cf. Persian taftan, tabidan "to turn, twist"). The figurative use is first recorded 1580s.

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