Ormolu



[awr-muh-loo] /ˈɔr məˌlu/

noun
1.
Also called mosaic gold. an alloy of copper and zinc used to imitate gold.
2.
Also called bronze doré, gilt bronze. gilded metal, especially cast brass or bronze gilded over fire with an amalgam of gold and mercury, used for furniture mounts and ornamental objects.
3.
gold or gold powder prepared for use in gilding.
/ˈɔːməˌluː/
noun
1.

2.
gold prepared to be used for gilding
n.

“alloy of copper, zinc, and tin, resembling gold,” 1765, from French or moulu, literally “ground gold,” from or “gold” (from Latin aurum, from PIE *aus- “gold;” see aureate)) + moulu “ground up,” past participle of moudre “to grind,” from Latin molere “to grind” (see mallet).

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