- in ancient Rome, a small tablet of wood, ivory, etc. used as a token, ticket, label, etc.
- any of the small pieces used in mosaic work
Origin of tesseraL, square piece, cube from Classical Greek (Ionic) tesseres (for tessares), four: see tetra-
Origin of tesseraLatin from Greek neuter of tesseres variant of tessares four ; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.
c. 450 bc mosaic mask made with turquoise, coral, and stone tesserae
From Latin tessera (“a cube, a die with numbers on all six sides"), from Ancient Greek Ï„ÎÏƒÏƒÎ±ÏÎµÏ‚ (tÃ©ssares, “four").