from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ormolu.

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  • n. Powdered stannic sulfide (SnS2) used as a pigment in gilding

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See under Mosaic.
  • adj. Stannic sulphide, SnS2, obtained as a yellow scaly crystalline powder, and used as a pigment in bronzing and gilding wood and metal work. It was called by the alchemists aurum musivum, or aurum mosaicum. Called also bronze powder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a yellow pigment sometimes suspended in lacquer


From its use in making mosaics.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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