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n. pl. tes·ser·ae (tĕs′ə-rē′)
One of the small squares of stone or glass used in making mosaic patterns.

[Latin, from Greek, neuter of tesseres, variant of tessares, four; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -serae (-səˌriː)
1. (Ceramics) a small square tile of stone, glass, etc, used in mosaics
2. (Historical Terms) a die, tally, etc, used in classical times, made of bone or wood
[C17: from Latin, from Ionic Greek tesseres four]
ˈtesseral adj
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(ˈtɛs ər ə)

n., pl. tes•ser•ae (ˈtɛs əˌri)
1. one of the small pieces used in mosaic work.
2. a small square of bone, wood, or the like, used in ancient Rome as a token, tally, ticket, etc.
[1640–50; < Latin, perhaps shortening of Greek *tessarágōnos square]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tessera - a small square tile of stone or glass used in making mosaics
mosaic - art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass
tessella - a small tessera
tile - a flat thin rectangular slab (as of fired clay or rubber or linoleum) used to cover surfaces
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