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 for Mortise joint
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mortise \Mor"tise\, n. [F. mortaise; cf. Sp. mortaja, Ar.
     murtazz fixed, or W. mortais, Ir. mortis, moirtis, Gael.
     A cavity cut into a piece of timber, or other material, to
     receive something (as the end of another piece) made to fit
     it, and called a tenon.
     [1913 Webster]
     Mortise and tenon (Carp.), made with a mortise and tenon;
        joined or united by means of a mortise and tenon; -- used
     Mortise joint, a joint made by a mortise and tenon.
     Mortise lock. See under Lock.
     Mortise wheel, a cast-iron wheel, with wooden clogs
        inserted in mortises on its face or edge; -- also called
        mortise gear, and core gear.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mortise joint
      n 1: a gliding joint between the distal ends of the tibia and
           fibula and the proximal end of the talus [syn: ankle,
           ankle joint, mortise joint, articulatio talocruralis]
      2: a joint made by inserting tenon on one piece into mortise
         holes in the other [syn: mortise joint, mortise-and-tenon

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