mosaic

[moh-zey-ik]

noun

adjective

pertaining to, resembling, or used for making a mosaic or mosaic work: a mosaic tile.
composed of a combination of diverse elements.

verb (used with object), mo·sa·icked, mo·sa·ick·ing.

to make a mosaic of or from.
to decorate with mosaic.

Origin of mosaic

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French mosaïque < Italian mosaico < Medieval Latin musaicum, re-formation of Late Latin musīvum (opus), Latin musēum, musaeum mosaic work (quantity of u uncertain), of obscure origin; variants may show an assumed relationship with Greek mouseîon shrine of the Muses, museum, by analogy with archī(v)um (see archive), though classical Gk word is not attested in sense “mosaic”
Related formsmo·sa·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·mo·sa·ic, adjective

Mosaic

[moh-zey-ik]

adjective

of or relating to Moses or the writings, laws, and principles attributed to him: Mosaic ethics.
Sometimes Mo·sa·i·cal.

Origin of Mosaic

1655–65; < New Latin Mosaicus, equivalent to Late Latin Mōs(ēs) Moses + -aicus, on the model of Hebraicus Hebraic
Related formspost-Mo·sa·ic, adjective
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mosaic

noun

a design or decoration made up of small pieces of coloured glass, stone, etc
the process of making a mosaic
  1. a mottled yellowing that occurs in the leaves of plants affected with any of various virus diseases
  2. Also called: mosaic diseaseany of the diseases, such as tobacco mosaic, that produce this discoloration
genetics another name for chimera (def. 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
Derived Formsmosaicist (məˈzeɪɪsɪst), noun

Word Origin for mosaic

C16: via French and Italian from Medieval Latin mōsaicus, from Late Greek mouseion mosaic work, from Greek mouseios of the Muses, from mousa Muse

Mosaic

Mosaical

adjective

of or relating to Moses or the laws and traditions ascribed to him
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Word Origin and History for mosaic
n.

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.

Mosaic

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mosaic in Medicine

mosaic

[mō-zāĭk]

adj.

Patterned in small squares; tesselated.

n.

An organism exhibiting mosaicism.
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mosaic in Science

mosaic

[mō-zāĭk]

Any of various viral diseases of plants, resulting in light and dark areas in the leaves, which often become shriveled and dwarfed.
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mosaic in Culture

mosaic

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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