What is the meaning of the furniture term Dovetail?

Dovetail refers to a type of joint used to connect two pieces of wood or other materials together. It consists of a series of interlocking wedge-shaped projections, known as dovetails or pins, which fit into corresponding ridges, called tails or sockets. This joint provides strong and durable connections, as the angled design prevents the two pieces from easily pulling apart, making it commonly used in cabinetmaking and joinery. The name dovetail comes from its similarity to the tails and sockets of a birds tail feathers. Method of joining boards at the ends, as in a case or in a drawer. Made of interlocking tenons suggesting the form of a dovetail.
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