tessera

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noun tes·sera \ˈte-sə-rə\

Definition of tessera

plural

tesserae

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  1. 1 :  a small tablet (as of wood, bone, or ivory) used by the ancient Romans as a ticket, tally, voucher, or means of identification

  2. 2 :  a small piece (as of marble, glass, or tile) used in mosaic work

Origin and Etymology of tessera

Latin, probably ultimately from Greek tessares four; from its having four corners — more at four


First Known Use: 1538


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the point at which something begins

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