Mosaic

[ moh-zey-ik ]
/ moʊˈzeɪ ɪk /

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 forms

post-Mo·sa·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mosaical (1 of 2)

Mosaic

Mosaical

/ (məʊˈzeɪɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to Moses or the laws and traditions ascribed to him

British Dictionary definitions for mosaical (2 of 2)

mosaic

/ (məˈzeɪɪk) /

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 disease any 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 Forms

mosaicist (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
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Medicine definitions for mosaical

mosaic

[ mō-zāĭk ]

adj.

Patterned in small squares; tesselated.

n.

An organism exhibiting mosaicism.
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Science definitions for mosaical

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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Culture definitions for mosaical

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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