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  • adj. Covered with pieces that are identically shaped.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of tesselate.


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  • We have examples of this beautiful kind of tesselated pavement in some of the chambers of the Baths of Caracalla; and it is highly probable that the

    Roman Mosaics Or, Studies in Rome and Its Neighbourhood

  • GeckoStone makes tesselated paving stones that look like Escher's interlocking lizards. (hilariously, they've registered a trademark and claim copyright on this work derived from a classic Escher work that is, itself, copyrighted -- and there's no evidence that they licensed the design from Escher's estate; every pirate wants to be an admiral!)

    Boing Boing

  • Last night yonder tesselated palace was gloom—dark, brooding thought and sin, while hither rose the mountains of the sun, golden, blazing, ensanguined.


  • Later he lived on the Palatine, but still in the modest house of Hortensius, neither remarkably large nor very elaborate in decoration; the porticos were of Alban stone and not lofty, without any marble decorated living rooms or tesselated pavements.

    2008 March archive at

  • There were antiquities from Central Italy, made by the best modern houses in that department of industry; bits of mummy from Egypt (and perhaps Birmingham); model gondolas from Venice; model villages from Switzerland; morsels of tesselated pavement from

    Little Dorrit

  • Other species include banded killfish, mummichog, tidewater silverside, bay anchovy, tesselated darter and spottail shiner.

    Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Maryland

  • Octavian stepped down from the curule dais, steered a course around the long wooden bench below it that accommodated the ten tribunes of the plebs, and walked to the center of the tesselated floor.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Everyone looked at the floor of tesselated tiles and pretended to be deaf, dumb, blind.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Fregellae had been a ghost town for eighty-five years, sacked by Lucius Opimius for rebelling against Rome in the days when the peninsula had been tesselated with Italian states interspersed with Roman “colonies” of citizens.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • The stations would need to be tesselated differently every month, and identifying trends would become very difficult.

    A Second Look at USHCN Classification #2 « Climate Audit


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