- Also called mosaic gold. an alloy of copper and zinc used to imitate gold.
- 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.
- gold or gold powder prepared for use in gilding.
Origin of ormolu
1755–65; < French or moulu ground gold, equivalent to or (< Latin aurum) + moulu, past participle of moudre to grind < Latin molere
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Examples from the Web for ormolu
The wood-work is painted white, and enriched with wreaths of leaves in ormolu.The Care of Books
John Willis Clark
Coal-scuttles, like andirons, should be made of bronze, ormolu or iron.The Decoration of Houses
I shall merely present them with an ormolu timepiece—whatever that may be.Pincher Martin, O.D.
H. Taprell Dorling
None of the pinchbeck pedigrees and ormolu titles of the continent.Endymion
Ormolu ornaments, when applied to cabinets and other works in wood, are also never satisfactory.Principles of Decorative Design
- a gold-coloured alloy of copper, tin, or zinc used to decorate furniture, mouldings, etc
- (as modifier)an ormolu clock
- gold prepared to be used for gilding
C18: from French or moulu ground gold
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Word Origin and History for ormolu
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