noun, plural tes·ser·ae [tesuh-ree] /ˈtɛs əˌri/.

  1. one of the small pieces used in mosaic work.
  2. a small square of bone, wood, or the like, used in ancient times as a token, tally, ticket, etc.

noun plural -serae (-səˌriː)

  1. a small square tile of stone, glass, etc, used in mosaics
  2. a die, tally, etc, used in classical times, made of bone or wood

n.plural tesserae, 1650s, from Latin tessera, from Ionic Greek tesseres (Attic tessares) “four” (see four).

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