Definition of patina :
1. A dish or plate of metal or earthenware; a patella.
2. The color or incrustation which age gives to works of art; especially, the green rust which covers ancient bronzes, coins, and medals.
covering (part of speech: noun)
green (part of speech: adjective)
- Perhaps we shall recoup the vanished patina to- morrow, when we visit an older and far different town,- Fuenterrabia. - "A Midsummer Drive Through The Pyrenees", Edwin Asa Dix.
- Considered too utilitarian, their decorative appeal- the mellow patina of the wood plane or the delicately tapered legs of a pair of dividers- often goes unnoticed. - "Woodworking Tools 1600-1900", Peter C. Welsh.
- Of somewhat heavier brass than most such similar eagles and exhibiting a well- developed patina, it may have been an officer's device. - "American Military Insignia 1800-1851", J. Duncan Campbell.