- Decorative forms created when pieces of a material are inserted into similar-sized openings in a surrounding material so as to create a design.
mother of pearl
- Hard, pearly, iridescent internal layer of various kinds of mollusk shell, extensively used for making small articles and inlays.
- Refers to low seats or stools, without back or arms, often used for a child or as a footstool. It was originally in the shape of a drum, thus the name (from the diminutive of the French "tambour," for drum). In the 18th century the term was applied to any low stool with fixed upright legs, as distinct from "pliants," which had folding crossed legs. 18th-century tabourets were rectangular, not drum-shaped, with upholstered seats. For similar seats supported on six or more legs, use "banquettes (benches)."
- The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.