Abaculus

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Abaculus (Arch) A small tile of glass, marble, or other substance, of various colors, used in making ornamental patterns in mosaic pavements.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abaculus Literally, a small abacus. Specifically, one of the little cubes or slabs of colored glass, enamel, stone, or other material employed in mosaic work or in marquetry. Also called abaciscus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Abaculus dims. of Abacus
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., dim. of abacus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—Gr. abax, abakos, a board for reckoning on.