One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Embroidery. A lace created by embroidering patterns on a ground of square-meshed netting.
2Histology. A network of palely staining cells with branching processes, located in the mesangial part of the juxtaglomerular apparatus. Frequently attributive Now rare.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Fanny Palliser (1805–1878), writer on art. From French lacis network of blood vessels or nerves, type of lace created by embroidering patterns on a ground of square-meshed netting, specific sense developments of lacis mesh from lacer + -is, suffix forming nouns.
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