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mortise

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mortisenoun
also Britishmortice/ˈmoɚtəs/
pluralmortises
mortise
noun
also British mortice /ˈmoɚtəs/
pluralmortises
Learner's definition of MORTISE  
[count]technical
: a hole that is cut in a piece of wood or other material so that another piece (called a tenon) will fit into it to form a connection
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