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verb (used with object), tes·se·lat·ed, tes·se·lat·ing, adjective
  1. tessellate.
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or tes·se·lat·ed

  1. of, relating to, or like a mosaic.
  2. arranged in or having the appearance of a mosaic; checkered.
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Origin of tessellated

First recorded in 1685–95; tessellate + -ed2
Related formsun·tes·sel·lat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tesselated

Historical Examples

  • Ted said nothing, but continued to stare at the tesselated floor.

    The Making of a Prig

    Evelyn Sharp

  • It is a smaller species, and the armour has a tesselated appearance.

  • The floor was a tesselated pavement of porphyry and other beautiful stones.

  • Through gates of burnished brass, they entered a small court with a tesselated pavement of black and white marble.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • In the church, as she strolled over its tesselated acres, he was the first person she encountered.

Word Origin and History for tesselated



1690s, from Late Latin tessellatus "made of small square stones or tiles," from tessella "small square stone or tile," diminutive of tessera "a cube or square of stone or wood," perhaps from Greek tessera, neuter of tesseres, Ionic variant of tessares "four" (see four), in reference to four corners. Related: Tessellate (1826, adj.; 1791, v.; 1909, n.); tessellating.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tesselated in Medicine


  1. Composed of or patterned in small squares.
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Related formstes′sel•lation n.
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