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mortise

noun [C] uk (also mortice)   /ˈmɔː.tɪs/ us    /ˈmɔːr.t̬ɪs/ specialized
a rectangular hole in a piece of wood, stone, etc. into which another piece is fixed, so that they form a jointCarpentry and joinery
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