Thursday, July 16, 2009
Search: mosaic etymology
Why: I'm editing an article about mosaic art.
Answer: c.1400, from Old French mosaicq "mosaic work," from Medieval Latin musaicum "mosaic work, work of the Muses," from Latin Musa (as in muse).
Medieval mosaics were often dedicated to the Muses. The Greek word was mouseion.
The More You Know: Why don't you liven up your boring pool with some fancy tiles in fancy swirls?