tessellate

verb
tes·​sel·​late | \ˈte-sə-ˌlāt \
tessellated; tessellating

Definition of tessellate 

transitive verb

: to form into or adorn with mosaic

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Black walls and thick charcoal carpet were brightened by tessellating series of slim white stripes, while the door and closet popped in bright chartreuse. Debra Kamin, New York Times, "In Tel Aviv, a Futuristic Hotel With a Past," 21 Jan. 2018 Or the bandeirinhas could be tessellated across an entire canvas, their edges woozily tilting off the perpendicular. Roberta Smith, Will Heinrich, Martha Schwendener And Jason Farago, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of tessellate

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tessellate

Late Latin tessellatus, past participle of tessellare to pave with tesserae, from Latin tessella, diminutive of tessera

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