noun, plural asarota [as-uh-roh-tuh] .
(in ancient Roman architecture) a painted pavement.

Latinization of neuter singular of Greek asárōtos literally, unswept (once in Pliny, designating a floor paved in mosaic resembling table scraps), equivalent to a- a-6 + sarō-, verbid stem of saroûn to sweep clean + -tos verbal adjective suffix Unabridged
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