Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bowl; a patella.
  • noun An incrustation which forms on bronze after a certain amount of exposure to the weather, or after burial beneath the ground.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The surface, produced partly by accretion, partly by discoloration and the effects of acid in the soil, given to marble by long inhumation.
  • noun [capitalized] [NL.] In conch., a genus of gastropods.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A dish or plate of metal or earthenware; a patella.
  • noun (Fine Arts) The color or incrustation which age gives to works of art; especially, the green rust which covers ancient bronzes, coins, and medals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun originally A paten, flat type of dish
  • noun 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.
  • noun A green colour, tinted with grey, like that of bronze patina.
  • noun figuratively A gloss or superficial layer.
  • adjective Of a green colour, tinted with grey, like that of bronze patina.

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

  • noun a fine coating of oxide on the surface of a metal

Etymologies

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From Latin patina ("dish, pan").

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  • an important element of wabi-sabi

    July 27, 2007

  • I often confuse this for patella (kneecap).

    August 9, 2009

  • The knee-bone's connected to the leg-bone.

    August 9, 2009

  • It's no wonder you're confused, bilby: Patella and Patina are both genera of limpets.

    August 10, 2009

  • Oh, it's the belowconfessed crysb who's confused.

    August 10, 2009

  • Patella means limpet in Italian.

    August 10, 2009

  • The Incredible Mr. Limpet was a movie where a man turns into a fish! We looked forward to seeing it on tv each year! Ahhhh.

    August 10, 2009

  • In the descriptive terminology of palynology, patina refers to a thickening of the spore exine that extends over the entire surface of one hemisphere of the spore.

    December 14, 2010