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Mosaick

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Mosáick. adj. [mosaique, French, supposed corrupted from musæus, Latin.]

Mosaick is a kind of painting in small pebbles, cockles, and shells of sundry colours; and of late days likewise with pieces of glass figured at pleasure; an ornament in truth, of much beauty, and long life, but of most use in pavements and floorings. Wotton's Architecture.

                    Each beauteous flow'r,
Iris all hues, roses, and jessamin,
Rear'd high their flourish'd heads between, and wrought
Mosaick.
Milton's Par. Lost, b. iv.

The most remarkable remnant of it is a very beautiful mosaick pavement, the finest I have ever seen in marble; the parts are so well joined together, that the whole piece looks like a continued picture. Addison on Italy.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Milton, John (449) · Wotton, Henry (48)

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