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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MOSAIC

The mosaic border to the frame is quite unique in its design.

Even the floors of some of his rooms are made in mosaic pictures.

The Derbyshire marbles are quarried all about, and mosaic manufacture is carried on.

In some of these churches the decorations are chiefly in mosaic, and are extremely striking.

Compositions so produced are to poetry what mosaic is to painting.

The cornice and the mosaic inscription of the frieze are 1943 feet long.

The Mosaic law is explicit in matters relating to bondservants.

Compare the requirement under the Mosaic administration, Deut.

Mosaic, as is well-known, is the most permanent of all the processes of decorative art.

Hence the Italian musaico, the French mosaique, and our English mosaic.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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