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patina

pat·i·na

patina

 
 
pronunciation:
pae tih n [or] p ti n
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a greenish, brownish, or reddish crust or film produced by oxidation on the surface of old metals such as bronze and copper.
The bronze sculpture developed a green patina over time.
definition 2: a surface gloss or other attractive quality imparted by time and use to a material such as wood or leather.
definition 3: any superficial layer.
Beneath the civilized patina lurked a mere thug.
definition 4: an appearance or air derived from long habit or an established role.
They had the patina of old money.
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derivation: patine (n.)