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tessellated (adj) of small flat pieces of various shapes arranged in a pattern.

To tessellate is to arrange small pieces of wood or stone of different sizes and shapes in a pattern. A tessellated surface of a table has small pieces of wood of different shapes, colors and sizes fixed into its surface. A tessellated pavement has a number of small pieces of stone, marble, etc., of different shapes, sizes and colors fixed into it.

  • There was a tessellated pavement around the building on the outside. The pavement had a number of small mosaic chips, granite stones of varying shapes and sizes fixed into it level with the surface.
  • The owner of the house under construction preferred the floors of the building tessellated. He wanted stones and chips of different shapes, colors and sizes to be laid into floors.
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