verb (used with object), mo·sa·icked, mo·sa·ick·ing.
- mosaic disease,
- mosaic glass,
- mosaic gold,
- mosaic inheritance,
- mosaic law
Origin of 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
Word Origin for mosaic
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.