One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of pavement mosaic work consisting of coloured stone, glass, and semi-precious stones arranged in intricate geometric patterns.
Mid 19th century. From post-classical Latin opus alexandrinum, a type of pavement mosaic work (3rd cent.) from classical Latin opus work + post-classical Latin alexandrinum, neuter of alexandrinus from the name of AlexanderSeverus, Roman emperor a.d. 222–235 + classical Latin -īnus.
opus alexandrinum/ˌəʊpəs ˌalɪɡˈzandrɪnəm//ˌəʊpəs ˌalɪɡˈzɑːndrɪnəm/
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