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A "glittering metallic thread" invented in Nuremberg around 1610. It is usually found woven in fabric to give a shimmery aesthetic or hung in strands on trees, usually Christmas trees, during the winter season to simulate icicles. From the Middle French 'estincelle' meaning a "spark" or "flash", itself from the Vulgar Latin stincilla, a variant of scintilla meaning 'spark'.A noted bearer is Canadian actress Tinsel Korey, born Harsha Patel, best known for her roles in the Twilight saga and the television series Blackstone.