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The floor was scrubbed to whiteness, the very stove was burnished.

The reins were of silk, and the chariot shone with burnished gold.

The moonlight caught her grey hair and burnished it to an aureole of silver.

From behind the hills peeped the edge of the moon—a sickle of burnished copper.

Her hair streaming on her shoulders glinted like burnished gold.

She went to the mirror and tucked in a burnished strand or two of hair.

Tik-tok moved by clockwork, and was made all of burnished copper.

Her hair was light brown and had a burnished look in the sun.

The dew was on its burnished leaves, and evening had drawn forth its perfume.

The boat had begun to drift, and was alone on the burnished water.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Old French burniss- present participle stem of burnir, metathesis of brunir "to shine, gleam, sparkle" (trans.), "to polish, make sparkle, make bright, shine," from brun "brown; polished," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German brun, Old Norse brunn "bright, polished; brown;" see brown (adj.)). The connection to "brown" might be explained if the original objects in mind were wooden ones. Related: Burnished; burnishing.

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