- 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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- 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
Word Origin for ormolu
C18: from French or moulu ground gold
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