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patinanoun

uk   /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.
[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.
[U] specialized chemistry a blue-green layer that forms on copper, brass or bronze
(Definition of patina from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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patinanoun [C usually sing]

/pəˈti·nə, ˈpæt·ən·ə/
a thin layer of a substance, usually green, that develops on the surface of some metals, caused by their reaction to air
(Definition of patina from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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