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[moh-zey-ik] /moʊˈzeɪ ɪk/

of or relating to Moses or the writings, laws, and principles attributed to him:
Mosaic ethics.
a design or decoration made up of small pieces of coloured glass, stone, etc
the process of making a mosaic

(genetics) another name for chimera (sense 4)
an assembly of aerial photographs forming a composite picture of a large area on the ground
a light-sensitive surface on a television camera tube, consisting of a large number of granules of photoemissive material deposited on an insulating medium
of or relating to Moses or the laws and traditions ascribed to him

c.1400, from Old French mosaicq “mosaic work,” from Italian mosaico, from Medieval Latin musaicum “mosaic work, work of the Muses,” noun use of neuter of musaicus “of the Muses,” from Latin Musa (see muse). Medieval mosaics were often dedicated to the Muses. The word formed in Medieval Latin as though from Greek, but the (late) Greek word for “mosaic work” was mouseion (Klein says this sense was borrowed from Latin). Figurative use is from 1640s. As an adjective in English from 1580s. Related: Mosaicist.

“pertaining to Moses,” 1660s (earlier Mosaical, 1560s), from Modern Latin Mosaicus, from Moses.

mosaic mo·sa·ic (mō-zā’ĭk)
Patterned in small squares; tesselated. n.
An organism exhibiting mosaicism.
Any of various viral diseases of plants, resulting in light and dark areas in the leaves, which often become shriveled and dwarfed.

A picture or design made from small pieces of colored tile, glass, or other material set in mortar. Mosaics have been widely used in Christian churches to decorate walls and ceilings.


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