mosaic

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English[edit]

A mosaic design

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French mosaïque, from Italian mosaico, from Medieval Latin musaicum, from Late Latin musivum (opus), from Latin museum, musaeum, probably from Ancient Greek Μουσεῖον ‎(Mouseîon), shrine of the Muses (Μοῦσα ‎(Moûsa)).

Noun[edit]

mosaic ‎(plural mosaics)

  1. A piece of artwork created by placing colored squares (usually tiles) in a pattern so as to create a picture.
  2. (genetics) An individual composed of two or more cell lines of different genetic or chromosomal constitution, but from the same zygote.
  3. (botany) A viral disease of plants.
  4. A composite picture made from overlapping photographs.

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mosaic ‎(not comparable)

  1. (of an individual) Containing cells of varying genetic constitution.

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