A table with an intarsia design.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: It intarsio from intarsiare, to inlay, incrust from in-, inch(es) plush Arabic tarṣi, inlay work from raṣṣaʼa, to inlay
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- 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).