marquetry NOUN inlaid work made from small pieces of variously coloured wood, used for the decoration of furniture.
ORIGIN from French marqueter 'become variegated' .

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  • marquetry — noun a) A decorative woodworking technique in which veneers of wood, ivory, metal etc. are inlaid into a wood surface to form intricate designs b) An example of this work …   Wiktionary

  • marquetry — mar|quet|ry [ˈma:kıtri US ˈma:r ] n [U] a pattern made of coloured pieces of wood laid together, or the art of making these patterns …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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