or mil·le·fi·o·re

[ mil-uh-fee-awr-ee, -ohr-ee ]
/ ˌmɪl ə fiˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i /


decorative glass made by fusing multicolored glass canes together, cutting them crosswise, joining them into new groups, embedding the groups in transparent glass, and blowing the resultant mass into a desired shape.

Origin of millefiori

1840–50; < Italian, equivalent to mille thousand (< Latin) + fiori, plural of fiore < Latin flōri- (stem of flōs) flower Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for millefiore

/ (ˌmɪlɪˈfjɔːrɪ) /


  1. decorative glassware in which coloured glass rods are fused and cut to create flower patterns: an ancient technique revived in Venice in the sixteenth century and in France and England in the nineteenth century
  2. (as modifier)a millefiori paperweight

Word Origin for millefiori

C19: from Italian: thousand flowers
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