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1Work produced in mosaic; the material or materials used for this.
2A work of art or design executed in mosaic; = "mosaic".
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Joshua Sylvester (d. 1618), poet and translator. From mosaic + work, after Middle French oeuvre musaïque mosaic work, ouvrage mosayque, post-classical Latin musaicum opus, classical Latin opus museum mosaic work (2nd cent. a.d.).
mosaic work/mə(ʊ)ˈzeɪɪk wəːk/
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