from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A white lead pigment, sometimes used in cosmetics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. White lead, a hydrate of lead mixed with carbonate, formerly used as a white pigment, in cosmetics, and for medical purposes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. White lead, used as a pigment. See White lead, under white.
- n. A cosmetic containing white lead.
- n. The native carbonate of lead.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To wash with ceruse; apply ceruse to as a cosmetic.
- n. White lead; a mixture or compound of hydrate and carbonate of lead, produced by exposing the metal in thin plates to the vapor of vinegar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a poisonous white pigment that contains lead
All experienced artisans know that ceruse is not easily penetrated by oil, and one is often required to begin to grind it in water.
There were no labels on the bottles; the little leaden capsules placed over the corks alone bore an inscription, and they were coated with a kind of ceruse, doubtless to ensure preservation.
Theo, who tried to sit quietly while Teddy painted his face with Venetian ceruse, announced, “The queen is with child.”
Painters debated the relative merits of lead white, ceruse, zinc white, and white clay.
There is a passage about lead, as ceruse or as minium, as the basis to imitate all colored gems.
Watin used the example of ceruse, a lead-based pigment that absorbs water readily.
Metallic colors — for example, ceruse, lead white, verdet — have no odor by themselves.
Procédé pour remplacer la ceruse et le minium dans la composition de l'émail des poteries.
At left, from top to bottom, are first the pure yellows and then the pure reds, moving from lightest (ceruse) through atramentum fuliginosti, a dark red-brown.
Note 48: "Sieur Espalier sur ceruse, minium, et manufacture de huile de vitriol," 15 January 1765, AN F/12/2424. back
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