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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
tessellate, tessellated, of small square stones, checkered, tesselated; “when color is arranged in small squares, so as to have some resemblance to a tesselated pavement” (Lindley): tessellatus,-a,-um (adj.A) [> L. tessella,-ae (s.f.I), a small square piece of stone, a little cube for pavements, etc., also tesserula,-ae (a little tessera, a square bit of stone for paving, both dim. of tessera,-ae (s.f.I)’a square, square piece of stone, wood, etc.; a square tablet or block, a checker for the construction of pavements,, etc. (Lewis & Short); perhaps related to Gk. tessares, (h)oi(h)ai, tessara (h)a: ‘four’]:; cf. checkered, mosaic;

- pavimenta tessellata: pavement of small square stones.

- caules crassocarnosi, aphylli, in areolas quadratas v. hexagonas divisis quasi tesselati (B&H), the stems thick-fleshy, leafless, divided into small quadrate or hexagonal areas as if tesselated [i.e. checkered].

- (fungus) pileus squamis majusculis laevibus arcte appressis ferrugineo - spadiceis tessellatus (S&A), the pileus checkered with somewhat large, smooth, closely appressed rust-red to red-brown scales.

squamoso-tessellatus,-a,-um (adj.A): scaly-checkered, with squared-scales;

- [fungi] pileus nunc laevis , nunc (coelo praesertim sereno) squamoso - tessellatus, the pileus sometimes smooth, sometimes (especially in calm weather) scaly-checkered [i.e. checkered with scales.

Goodyera tessellata, ‘like a mosaic,’ on the leaves “the veins bordered by irregular generally pale green penciling’ (Fernald 1950).

 

A work in progress, presently with preliminary A through R, and S, and with S (in part) through Z essentially completed.
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