Word of the DayTuesday, February 17, 2009
\BUR-nish\ , verb, noun;
to make shiny by polishing
A burnish on the copper pots made them very attractive.
The craftsman burnished and refurbished metalworks.
c.1325, from Old French burniss-, extended stem of burnir, metathesis of brunir "to make brown/bright, polish," from brun "brown, polished," from a Germanic source
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