Definition of millefiori in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmiləfēˈôrē/


A kind of ornamental glass in which a number of glass rods of different sizes and colors are fused together and cut into sections that form various patterns, typically embedded in colorless transparent glass to make items such as paperweights.
Example sentences
  • The enamel, millefiori and glass decoration, insular in style and technique, are most closely paralleled in Ireland.
  • Around the same time, Murano glassmaker Pietro Bigaglia captured international attention with his millefiori paperweights, exhibited in Vienna in 1845.
  • The Italian millefiori technique for glass beads became the basis for the polymer ‘canes’ or picture beads.


Mid 19th century: from Italian millefiore, literally 'a thousand flowers'.

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Syllabification: mil·le·fi·o·ri

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