tessera

tessera

[tes-er-uh]
noun, plural tesserae [tes-uh-ree] .
1.
one of the small pieces used in mosaic work.
2.
a small square of bone, wood, or the like, used in ancient times as a token, tally, ticket, etc.

Origin:
1640–50; < Latin < Greek (Ionic) tésseres four

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tessera (ˈtɛsərə)
 
n , pl -serae
1.  a small square tile of stone, glass, etc, used in mosaics
2.  a die, tally, etc, used in classical times, made of bone or wood
 
[C17: from Latin, from Ionic Greek tesseres four]
 
'tesseral
 
adj

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