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tr.v. tes·sel·lat·ed, tes·sel·lat·ing, tes·sel·lates
To form into a mosaic pattern, as by using small squares of stone or glass.

[From Latin tessellātus, of small square stones, from tessella, small cube, diminutive of tessera, a square; see tessera.]

tes′sel·la′tion n.


1. (Building) building trades constructed, paved, or inlaid with a mosaic of small tiles
2. (of identical shapes) fitting together exactly
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Adj.1.tessellated - having a checkered or mottled appearance
patterned - having patterns (especially colorful patterns)
2.tessellated - decorated with small pieces of colored glass or stone fitted together in a mosaic; "a tessellated pavement"
adorned, decorated - provided with something intended to increase its beauty or distinction


adjMosaik-; tessellated floorMosaik(fuß)boden m
References in classic literature ?
We caught a glimpse of the handsome tessellated pavements within and of the devotees performing their ablutions at the fountains, but even that we took that glimpse was a thing not relished by the Moorish bystanders.
Half a mile farther on Father Brown was puzzled first by little labyrinths of flowerless flower-pots, covered with the low, flat, quiet-coloured plants that look less like a garden than a tessellated pavement, between weak curly paths studded with seats with curly backs.
Miss Haldin had already noticed that the hall was like a dusty barn of marble and stucco with cobwebs in the corners and faint tracks of mud on the black and white tessellated floor.
LHolmside on Kings Avenue includes features like the original tessellated floor in the entrance and period fireplaces.
In color photos of museum pieces throughout the Southwest, isomeric design strategies such as liminal-space isomers, tessellated isomers, figure-ground spatial reversals, and optical illusions are identified.
It was paired with a blouse featuring a tessellated dabbi jaal derived from a Mughal jharokha and sheer tulle dupattas," she added.
In Curl, 1969--the final work in a series from Gnoli's acclaimed New York debut at Sidney Janis Gallery in 1969 (only three months before his death from cancer at age thirty-six)--a lock of hair congeals into a sculptural helix isolated against a tessellated maroon ground.
From a bird's-eye view the scene looks like a tessellated pavement that is neither black nor white but a mixture of both.
The 10-pointed star icon is also used as a background pattern, forming a tessellated mosaic texture that adds authentic Turkish detail.
Macroscopic examination of the resected specimens showed an ash-colored, tessellated, and fibrous capsuled renal tumor and a tense and cystic lymph node (Figure 1).