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tapestry (plural tapestries)
- A heavy woven cloth, often with decorative pictorial designs, normally hung on walls.
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 3, The China Governess:
- Sepia Delft tiles surrounded the fireplace, their crudely drawn Biblical scenes in faded cyclamen blending with the pinkish pine, while above them, instead of a mantelshelf, there was an archway high enough to form a balcony with slender balusters and a tapestry-hung wall behind.
- (by extension) Anything with variegated or complex details.
2013 January-February, Nancy Langston, “The Fraught History of a Watery World”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, page 59:
- European adventurers found themselves within a watery world, a tapestry of streams, channels, wetlands, lakes and lush riparian meadows enriched by floodwaters from the Mississippi River.
heavy woven cloth
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- (transitive, intransitive) To decorate with tapestry, or as if with a tapestry.
1833, Adolphus Slade, Records of Travels in Turkey, Greece, &c., "Captain Pasha's Alarm", page 152:
- We had run above twenty miles when the sun set, carpeting the sea, and tapestrying the sky with a rare unison of delicate green and golden hues […]
1921, Israel Zangwill, The Cockpit: Romantic Drama in Three Acts, page 255:
- I present Bosnavina to its Duchess, I kiss the hem of her Majesty's robe and will tapestry her Palace with conquered flags.
to decorate with tapestry