abaculus

noun
abac·​u·​lus | \ ə-ˈba-kyə-ləs \
plural abaculi\ ə-​ˈba-​kyə-​ˌlī , -​ˌlē \

Definition of abaculus

: a tile used in mosaic : tessera

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First Known Use of abaculus

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abaculus

misreading of Latin ab oculīs “out of view,” as if diminutive of abacus abacus

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“Abaculus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abaculus. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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