[ in-tahr-see-uh ]
/ ɪnˈtɑr si ə /


an art or technique of decorating a surface with inlaid patterns, especially of wood mosaic, developed during the Renaissance.
Also tarsia.

Origin of intarsia

1860–65; alteration (influenced by Italian tarsia) of Italian intarsio, derivative of intarsiare to inlay, equivalent to in- in-2 + tarsiare < Arabic tarṣīʿ an inlay, incrustation; see tarsia

Related forms

in·tar·si·ate [in-tahr-see-eyt, -it] /ɪnˈtɑr siˌeɪt, -ɪt/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ɪnˈtɑːsɪə) /


a decorative or pictorial mosaic of inlaid wood or sometimes ivory of a style developed in the Italian Renaissance and used esp on wooden wall panels
the art or practice of making such mosaics
(in knitting) an individually worked motif

Word Origin for intarsia

C19: changed from Italian intarsio
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