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or·mo·lu

 (ôr′mə-lo͞o′)
n.
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).]

ormolu

(ˈɔːməˌluː)
n
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]

or•mo•lu

(ˈɔr məˌlu)

n.
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]

ormolu

Gilded bronze used to decorate furniture.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ormolu - brass that looks like goldormolu - brass that looks like gold; used to decorate furniture
brass - an alloy of copper and zinc
Translations

ormolu

[ˈɔːməʊluː] Nsimilor m, bronce m dorado

ormolu

n (= alloy)Messing nt; (= decoration)Messingverzierungen pl; (= mountings)Messingbeschläge pl
adjaus Messing
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Even personal experience of these facts was not always a protection from the chill that descended on one in the high-ceilinged white-walled Madison Avenue drawing-room, with the pale brocaded armchairs so obviously uncovered for the occasion, and the gauze still veiling the ormolu mantel ornaments and the beautiful old carved frame of Gainsborough's "Lady Angelica du Lac."
There was a silence during which the tick of the monumental ormolu clock on the white marble mantelpiece grew as loud as the boom of a minute-gun.
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The feel of luxury comes with the Renaissance Revival furniture, a Baroque grand mirror, religious paintings, 19th century Victorian furniture, Portuguese chairs with stamped leather upholstery and gilded mirrors, Boulle furniture (known for tortoise shells and marquetry), and brass-and-gilt ormolu.
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