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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
mosaic-like, like a patchwork: see tessellate.
mosaic, resembling inlaid pieces of colored material, such as tile, glass, to form patterns or pictures, a patchwork; resembling mottling or spotting on the leaves, as in the viral plant 'mosaic disease' [> ML. musaicum > LL musivum, from neuter of musivus, 'of a muse, artistic'(WIII)]: mosaicus,-a,-um (adj.A); marked out with small squares or checks, see tessellate, marked out with small squares or checks, checkered.

Fungus,-i (s.m.II) mosaicus, abl.sg. fungo mosaico: “mosaic fungus. A reticulate pattern seen in KOH preparations of certain dermatophytes for microscopic-slide study which is not a fungus but a deposit of extracellular materials of the fungus resulting from the upward capillary movement of these materials around the epidermal cells toward the cover slip (see Dowding, 1952)” (S&D).

Dichorisandra mosaica Lind. with leaves 'striped longitudinally above and along transverse veins with green and white' (Bailey, L. H. Man. of Cult. Plants).

 

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