Meaning of première partie

pre•mière par•tie

Pronunciation: (pri-mēr' pär-tē', -myâr' Fr. pr&schwa-myer par-tē'), [key]
— Furniture. Furniture.
  1. (in buhl) the primary inlay formed, in which the tortoise shell forms the ground for a design cut in brass. Cf.
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