Coarse lacework made by weaving and knotting cords into a pattern.
[French, from Italian macramè, from Turkish makrama, towel, from Arabic miqrama, embroidered veil, from qarama, to gnaw, nibble; see qrm in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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