A table with an intarsia design.
intarsia definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Italian intarsio ; from intarsiare, to inlay, incrust ; from in-, in plush Arabic tarṣi, inlay work ; from raṣṣaʼa, to inlay
intarsia definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A decorative inlaid pattern in a surface, especially a mosaic worked in wood.
- A knitted design resembling a mosaic that is visible on both sides of a fabric.
- The art or practice of making intarsias.
Origin: German, from Italian intarsio, from intarsiare, to inlay : in-, in (from Latin; see in-2) + tarsia, inlaid mosaic work (from Arabic tarṣī‘, inlaying, setting, infinitive of raṣṣa‘a, to inlay, derived stem of raṣi‘a, to adhere; see rṣע in Semitic roots).