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 (ĭn′lā′, ĭn-lā′)
tr.v. in·laid (-lād′), in·lay·ing, in·lays
a. To set (pieces of wood or ivory, for example) into a surface, usually at the same level, to form a design.
b. To decorate by setting in such designs.
2. To insert (a photograph, for example) within a mat in a book.
a. Contrasting material set into a surface in pieces to form a design.
b. A design, pattern, or decoration made by inlaying.
2. Dentistry A solid filling, as of gold or porcelain, fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place.

in·lay′er n.
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3) Hardness of surface layer is larger than that of inlayer in the same leaf because cellular matters (cell wall) of surface layer are mainly made up of fiber lignin and other high density substances.
On my last trip back home, I discovered that my grandfather was a master inlayer and carver who specialized in bowls like these.
Sculptors from Bukhara, calligraphers from Syria and Persia, inlayers from southern India and stonecutters from Baluchistan were brought in.