One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Ornamental needlework applied to or laid on another material; appliqué, especially as executed in the Middle Ages.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Daniel Rock (1799–1871), Roman Catholic priest and ecclesiologist. From post-classical Latin opus consutum, lit. ‘work sewn together’ from classical Latin opus work + consūtum, neuter of consūtus sewn together, past participle of consuere.
opus consutum/ˌəʊpəs kənˈsjuːtəm/
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