fire gilding



a process of gilding metalwork in which the metal base is coated with an amalgam of gold and mercury, the latter subsequently being driven off by heat.

Nearby words

  1. fire drill,
  2. fire engine,
  3. fire escape,
  4. fire extinguisher,
  5. fire fighting,
  6. fire hall,
  7. fire hat,
  8. fire hose,
  9. fire hydrant,
  10. fire insurance

Origin of fire gilding

First recorded in 1825–35

Also called amalgam gilding. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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