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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Wednesday 23rd January 2019
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tessellate (verb and adjective) TES-i-lait

Pave or decorate with mosaic; to fit together orecisely, leaving no spaces; marked in squares or formed in mosaic-like fashion.

King Solomon, before his palace gate
At evening, on the pavement tessellate
Was walking with a stranger from the East,
Arrayed in rich attire as for a feast,
The mighty Runjeet-Sing, a learned man,
And Rajah of the realms of Hindostan.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Tales of a Wayside Inn - The Spanish Jew's Tale. Amazon

Yellow lily-buds and leathery lily-pads tessellate its surface, and the white water-lilies - pale, proud Ladies of Shalott - bare their virgin breasts to the sun in the seclusion of its distant reaches.

George William Curtis, Literary And Social Essays (Emerson). Amazon

To observe Mr. Bryan breakfasting on the morning when a national Democratic convention is in session is a sight worth seeing. A double order of cantaloupes on the half shell, a derby hat full of oatmeal, a rosary of sausages, and about as many flapjacks as would be required to tessellate the floor of a fair-sized reception hall is nothing at all for him.

Irvin S. Cobb, One Third Off. Amazon

In winter, rust-colored leaves from birch trees tessellate the snow.

Michael Mewshaw, The New York Times, 14 December 1997. New York Times

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