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burnish (verb) polish; make shiny.

When you polish a metal object until it shines very brightly, it is burnished. Burnished gold is gold highly polished and is very shiny. Metals like copper and silver are burnished if they become shiny as a result of polishing.

  • Ancient Indian and Egyptian craftsmen's mastery of their trade is revealed in the burnished gold ornaments and sheets, which are found in the sites of excavation, and which are shiny even today because they were so well burnished.
  • The burnished gold ornaments adorning the deity in the Indian temple shone brilliantly in the dazzle of the flood lights.
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