of or pertaining to Moses or the writings, laws, and principles attributed to him: Mosaic ethics.
Also, Mosaical.

1655–65; < Neo-Latin Mosaicus, equivalent to Late Latin Mōs(ēs) Moses + -aicus, on the model of Hebraicus Hebraic

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mosaic (məˈzeɪɪk)
1.  a design or decoration made up of small pieces of coloured glass, stone, etc
2.  the process of making a mosaic
3.  a.  a mottled yellowing that occurs in the leaves of plants affected with any of various virus diseases
 b.  Also called: mosaic disease any of the diseases, such as tobacco mosaic, that produce this discoloration
4.  genetics another name for chimera
5.  an assembly of aerial photographs forming a composite picture of a large area on the ground
6.  a light-sensitive surface on a television camera tube, consisting of a large number of granules of photoemissive material deposited on an insulating medium
[C16: via French and Italian from Medieval Latin mōsaicus, from Late Greek mouseion mosaic work, from Greek mouseios of the Muses, from mousaMuse]

Mosaic or Mosaical (məʊˈzeɪɪk)
of or relating to Moses or the laws and traditions ascribed to him
Mosaical or Mosaical

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from O.Fr. mosaicq "mosaic work," from M.L. musaicum "mosaic work, work of the Muses," neut. of musaicus "of the Muses," from L. Musa (see muse). Medieval mosaics were often dedicated to the Muses. The word formed in M.L. as though from Gk., but the (late) Gk. word
for "mosaic work" was mouseion. Figurative use is from 1640s. Related: Mosaicist.

"pertaining to Moses," 1662 (earlier Mosaical, 1563), from L. Mosaicus, from Moses (q.v.).
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Medical Dictionary

mosaic mo·sa·ic (mō-zā'ĭk)
Patterned in small squares; tesselated. n.
An organism exhibiting mosaicism.

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mosaic   (mō-zā'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various viral diseases of plants, resulting in light and dark areas in the leaves, which often become shriveled and dwarfed.
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mosaic definition

A picture or design made from small pieces of colored tile, glass, or other material set in mortar. Mosaics have been widely used in Christian churches to decorate walls and ceilings.

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