[ mil-uh-fee-awr-ee, -ohr-ee ]
/ ˌmɪl ə fiˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i /
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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.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of millefiori
1840–50; <Italian, equivalent to mille thousand (<Latin ) + fiori, plural of fiore<Latin flōri- (stem of flōs) flower
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Example sentences from the Web for millefiori
Millefiori or chevron bead of yellow and black glass, almost certainly Venetian.Contributions From the Museum of History and Technology|Ivor Noel Hume
The central pendant, also circular, is ornamented with a section from a rod of Roman millefiori glass set in gold.Jewellery|H. Clifford Smith,
British Dictionary definitions for millefiori
/ (ˌmɪlɪˈfjɔːrɪ) /
- 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
- (as modifier)a millefiori paperweight
Word Origin for millefiori
C19: from Italian: thousand flowers
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