Definition of ormolu in English:

ormolu

Syllabification: or·mo·lu
Pronunciation: /ˈôrməˌlo͞o
 
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noun

  • A gold-colored alloy of copper, zinc, and sometimes tin, cast into desired shapes and often gilded, used especially in the 18th century for decorating furniture and making ornaments.
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    • There is also a correlation between art brass and the traditional use of ormolu in French interiors.
    • He checked the time by his watch, then reset the ormolu clock on the desk, which had lost two minutes during the night.
    • Needless to say, the ormolu retains its original gilding, and the Blue John body is richly hued and striated.

Origin

mid 18th century: from French or moulu 'powdered gold' (used in gilding).

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