Definition of water gilding in English:

water gilding

noun

  • Any of several methods of gilding, especially a method of gilding metal using gold amalgam or an aqueous solution of mercury, and a method of gilding wood, leather, etc., in which gold leaf is applied to bole (contrasted with oil gilding).

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in William Salmon (1644–1713), medical empiric and author.