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patina

noun     /ˈpæt.ɪ.nə/ US  /ˈpæt̬.ən.ə/
[S] a thin surface layer that develops on something because of use, age , or chemical action : His tomb was covered with a yellow patina of lichen .Coverings and layers [S] formal something that makes someone or something seem to be something that they are not: Beware their patina of civility , it's only an act .Hiding and disguising [U] specialized chemistry a blue-green layer that forms on copper , brass or bronzeCoverings and layers
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