Meaning of ormolu

or•mo•lu

Pronunciation: (ôr'mu-l"), [key]
— n.
  1. Also calledan alloy of copper and zinc used to imitate gold.
  2. Also calledgilded metal, esp. cast brass or bronze gilded over fire with an amalgam of gold and mercury, used for furniture mounts and ornamental objects.
  3. gold or gold powder prepared for use in gilding.
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