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mortise

noun [C] (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 joint Carpentry and joinery
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