One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Ornamental tooling used in bookbinding, resembling lace edging.
- ‘The bindings of Padeloup le Jeune often have small tickets with his name upon them; they usually have borders of lacelike gold tooling known as "dentelle" and are often inlaid.’
- ‘The jagged, rocky top is named after the lace (dentelle) it's thought to resemble.’
Mid 19th century: from French, ‘lace’, from dent ‘tooth’ + the diminutive suffix -elle.
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