from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Hard and fine stones in general, as used for inlay etc. and distinguished from the softer stones used in building.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Hard and fine stones in general, such as are used for inlay and the like, as distinguished from the softer stones used in building; thus, a Florentine mosaic is a familiar instance of work in pietra dura, though the ground may be soft marble.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ornamental work in inlay of hard stones, such as agates and jaspers, especially when on a somewhat large scale.
It was a beautiful piece of pietra dura work – Mont Blanc.
After taking my pleasure there awhile I went from it and, having closed the door as it was before, opened the third door wherein I saw a high open hall pargetted with parti-coloured marbles and pietra dura of price and other precious stones, and hung with cages of sandal-wood and eagle-wood; full of birds which made sweet music, such as the Thousand voiced,295 and the cushat, the merle, the turtle-dove and the Nubian ring dove.
Just before everything closed one day Tinker found a small piece of pietra dura in Jeff Archer's shop in the antiques arcade.