abaciscus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀβακίσκος (abakískos, a coloured stone for laying mosaic), diminutive of ἄβαξ (ábaks, board). See abacus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

abaciscus (plural abacisci or abaciscuses)[1]

  1. (archaic) One of the tiles or squares of a tessellated pavement; an abaculus. [First attested in the mid 18th century.][1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 2