Definition of opus alexandrinum in English:

opus alexandrinum

Pronunciation /ˌəʊpəs ˌalɪɡˈzɑːndrɪnəm/ /ˌəʊpəs ˌalɪɡˈzandrɪnəm/

noun

  • A type of pavement mosaic work consisting of coloured stone, glass, and semi-precious stones arranged in intricate geometric patterns.

    This type of mosaic work was much used in Byzantium in the 9th century and later in Italy.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From post-classical Latin opus alexandrinum, a type of pavement mosaic work (3rd century) from classical Latin opus work + post-classical Latin alexandrinum, neuter of alexandrinus from the name of AlexanderSeverus, Roman emperor a.d. 222–235 + classical Latin -īnus.