Definitions for tesseraˈtɛs ər ə; ˈtɛs əˌri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tes•ser•aˈtɛs ər ə; ˈtɛs əˌri(n.)(pl.)tes•ser•ae

  1. one of the small pieces used in mosaic work.

  2. a small square of bone, wood, or the like, used in ancient Rome as a token, tally, ticket, etc.

    Category: Antiquities

Origin of tessera:

1640–50; < L, perh. shortening of Gk *tessarágōnos square

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tessera(noun)

    a small square tile of stone or glass used in making mosaics


  1. tessera(Noun)

    A small square piece of stone, wood, ivory or glass used for making a mosaic.

  2. tessera(Noun)

    complex-ridged surface feature seen on plateau highlands of Venus and perhaps on Triton

  3. Origin: From tessera, from τέσσαρες.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tessera(noun)

    a small piece of marble, glass, earthenware, or the like, having a square, or nearly square, face, used by the ancients for mosaic, as for making pavements, for ornamenting walls, and like purposes; also, a similar piece of ivory, bone, wood, etc., used as a ticket of admission to theaters, or as a certificate for successful gladiators, and as a token for various other purposes


  1. Tessera

    A tessera is an individual tile, usually formed in the shape of a cube, used in creating a mosaic. It is also known as an abaciscus or abaculus.

Anagrams of tessera

  1. Easters, erastes, reseats, saeters, seaters, starees, teasers


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