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Related to ormolu: gilt
1. Any of several copper and zinc or tin alloys resembling gold in appearance and used to ornament furniture, moldings, architectural details, and jewelry.
2. An imitation of gold.
[French or moulu : or, gold (from Old French; see or3) + obsolete French molu, past participle of moudre, to grind up (from Old French, from Latin molere; see melə- in Indo-European roots).]
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1. (Art Terms)
a. a gold-coloured alloy of copper, tin, or zinc used to decorate furniture, mouldings, etc
b. (as modifier): an ormolu clock.
2. (Art Terms) gold prepared to be used for gilding
[C18: from French or moulu ground gold]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. an alloy of copper and zinc used to imitate gold.
2. gilded metal, esp. cast brass or bronze gilded over fire with an amalgam of gold and mercury, used for furniture mounts and ornamental objects.
[1755–65; < French or moulu literally, ground gold]
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Gilded bronze used to decorate furniture.
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n (= alloy) → Messing nt; (= decoration) → Messingverzierungen pl; (= mountings) → Messingbeschläge pl
adj → aus Messing
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