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[mahr-ki-tree] /ˈmɑr kɪ tri/
noun, plural marquetries.
inlaid work of variously colored woods or other materials, especially in furniture.
Also, marqueterie.
Origin of marquetry
1555-65; < Middle French marqueterie inlaid work, equivalent to marquet(er) to speckle, spot, inlay (literally, make marks < Germanic; see mark1) + -erie -ery Unabridged
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noun (pl) -quetries, -queteries
a pattern of inlaid veneers of wood, brass, ivory, etc, fitted together to form a picture or design, used chiefly as ornamentation in furniture Compare parquetry
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from marqueter to inlay, from marquemark1
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Word Origin and History for marquetry

1560s, from French marqueterie "inlaid work," from marqueter "to checker" (14c.), frequentative of marquer, from marque (see marque).

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