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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Material, such as wood or ivory, inlaid piece by piece into a wood surface in an intricate design and veneered to another surface, especially of furniture, for decoration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A decorative technique in which veneers of wood, ivory, metal etc. are inlaid into a wood surface to form intricate designs.
  • n. An example of this work

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An inlay of some thin material in the surface of a piece of furniture or other object.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. inlaid veneers are fitted together to form a design or picture that is then used to ornament furniture

Etymologies

French marqueterie, from Old French, from marqueter, to checker, from marque, mark, ultimately from Old Norse merki, mark.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French marqueterie. (Wiktionary)

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