Ormolu definition

ôrmə-lo͝o
Any of several copper and zinc or tin alloys resembling gold in appearance and used to ornament furniture, moldings, architectural details, and jewelry.
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An imitation of gold.
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An imitation gold made of an alloy of copper and tin, used in making ornaments, moldings, cheap jewelry, etc.
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Imitation gold leaf.
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Golden or gilded brass or bronze used for decorative purposes.
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Made from golden or gilded brass or bronze.
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To decorate with gilded ormolu articles.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ormolu
Plural:
ormolus

Origin of ormolu

  • French or moulu or gold (from Old French or3) obsolete French molu past participle of moudre to grind up (from Old French) (from Latin molere melə- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French or moulu (literally: ground gold)

    From Wiktionary