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[as-uh-roh-tuh m] /ˌæs əˈroʊ təm/
noun, plural asarota
[as-uh-roh-tuh] /ˌæs əˈroʊ tə/ (Show IPA)
(in ancient Roman architecture) a painted pavement.
Origin of asarotum
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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