- of or relating to Moses or the writings, laws, and principles attributed to him: Mosaic ethics.
Origin of Mosaic
Examples from the Web for mosaical
The law of nature as mosaical, did not formally and directly bind other nations.A Christian Directory
In three of the provinces of New England, the oldest has only a double share, as in the Mosaical law.
It was beautifully symbolized under the mosaical dispensation.Gathering Jewels
James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
- of or relating to Moses or the laws and traditions ascribed to him
- a design or decoration made up of small pieces of coloured glass, stone, etc
- the process of making a mosaic
- a mottled yellowing that occurs in the leaves of plants affected with any of various virus diseases
- 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
Word Origin and History for mosaical
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.
- Patterned in small squares; tesselated.
- 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.