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gold leaf

noun
1.
gold in the form of very thin foil, as for gilding.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30
Related forms
gold-leaf, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for goldleaf

gold leaf

noun
1.
very thin gold sheet with a thickness usually between 0.076 and 0.127 micrometre, produced by rolling or hammering gold and used for gilding woodwork, etc
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Encyclopedia Article for goldleaf

gold leaf

extremely thin sheet of gold (about 0.1 micrometre, or 4 millionths of an inch, thick) used for gilding. Medieval illuminated manuscripts gleam with gold leaf, and it is still widely used for gilding ornamental designs, lettering and edgings on paper, wood, ceramics, glass, textiles, and metal

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