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From French or moulu (literally: ground gold).


ormolu (plural ormolus)

  1. Golden or gilded brass or bronze used for decorative purposes.


ormolu (comparative more ormolu, superlative most ormolu)

  1. Made from golden or gilded brass or bronze.
    • 1888, Henry James, The Reverberator.
      At one of the ormolu tables, near a lamp with a pink shade, Gaston insisted on making at least a partial statement.


ormolu (third-person singular simple present ormolus, present participle ormoluing, simple past and past participle ormolued)

  1. To decorate with gilded ormolu articles.
    • 1840, E.A.Poe, The Philosophy of Furniture
      But I have seen apartments in the tenure of Americans—men of exceedingly moderate means yet rara aves of good taste—which, in negative merit at least, might vie with any of the or-molued cabinets of our friends across the water.