EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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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The wood-work is painted white, and enriched with wreaths of leaves in
Coal-scuttles, like andirons, should be made of bronze,
ormolu or iron.
I shall merely present them with an
ormolu timepiece—whatever that may be.
None of the pinchbeck pedigrees and
ormolu titles of the continent. Ormolu ornaments, when applied to cabinets and other works in wood, are also never satisfactory. British Dictionary definitions for ormolu noun 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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Word Origin and History for ormolu 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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