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Origin of Sectile
Latin sectilisfromsectuspast participle ofsecāreto cutsek- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
The crystals possess a perfect cleavage parallel to the plane of symmetry and are usually bladed, in habit; they are soft (H= 2), flexible and sectile.
In the interior the effect is gained by broad masses of chromatic decoration in marble-veneer and mosaics on a gold ground to cover the walls and vaults, and by elaborate pavements of opus sectile and opus Alexandrinum.
They are soft (H= 21-) and sectile to a high degree, being readily cut with a knife like horn.
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