noun, often attributive
or·​mo·​lu | \ ˈȯr-mə-ˌlü How to pronounce ormolu (audio) \

Definition of ormolu

: golden or gilded brass or bronze used for decorative purposes (as in mounts for furniture)

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Specialists stabilized the ormolu (gilt bronze) and enamel panels and, most critically, dismantled and repaired clockworks that had been corroded by dirty floodwaters. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "200-year-old musical clock, a Katrina victim, restored for display in New Orleans: report," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of ormolu

1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ormolu

French or moulu, literally, ground gold

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