from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See paten.
- n. A thin greenish layer, usually basic copper sulfate, that forms on copper or copper alloys, such as bronze, as a result of corrosion.
- n. The sheen on any surface, produced by age and use.
- n. A change in appearance produced by long-standing behavior, practice, or use: a face etched with a patina of fine lines and tiny wrinkles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A paten, flat type of dish
- n. The color or incrustation which age and wear give to (mainly metallic) objects; especially, the green rust which covers works of art such as ancient bronzes, coins and medals.
- n. A green colour, tinted with grey, like that of bronze patina.
- n. A gloss or superficial layer.
- adj. Of a green colour, tinted with grey, like that of bronze patina.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dish or plate of metal or earthenware; a patella.
- n. The color or incrustation which age gives to works of art; especially, the green rust which covers ancient bronzes, coins, and medals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bowl; a patella.
- n. An incrustation which forms on bronze after a certain amount of exposure to the weather, or after burial beneath the ground.
- n. By extension, the surface-texture or -color which other works of decorative art, as a wooden cabinet or the like, gain through the action of time.
- n. The surface, produced partly by accretion, partly by discoloration and the effects of acid in the soil, given to marble by long inhumation.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] In conch., a genus of gastropods.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fine coating of oxide on the surface of a metal
Medieval Latin, from Latin, plate; see paten.
Italian, from Latin, plate (from the incrustation on ancient metal plates and dishes); see paten.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin patina ("dish, pan"). (Wiktionary)