intarsia[in tär′sē ə]
a style of decorative inlay, involving a mosaic of usually wood pieces
Origin of intarsiaItalian intarsio ; from intarsiare, to inlay, incrust ; from in-, in + Arabic tarṣi, inlay work ; from raṣṣaʼa, to inlay
- 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 of intarsiaGerman, from Italian intarsio, from intarsiare, to inlay : in-, in (from Latin; see in–2) + tarsia, inlaid mosaic work (from Arabic tar&slowdot;ī‘, inlaying, setting, infinitive of ra&slowdot;&slowdot;a‘a, to inlay, derived stem of ra&slowdot;i‘a, to adhere; see r&slowdot;&ayin; in Semitic roots).