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
- 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.
- To wash with ceruse; apply ceruse to as a cosmetic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a poisonous white pigment that contains lead
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cērussa.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French céruse, from Latin cērussa. (Wiktionary)