One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An early type of needle lace, produced primarily in Venice in the 15th cent., characterized by geometric patterns.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Fanny Palliser (1805–1878), writer on art. From Italian reticella, specifically use of reticella small net from rete net + -cella, diminutive suffix (extended form of -ella). With reticella lace compare Italian punto a reticella, punto reticella.
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