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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The technical name of lead. See lead.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lead.

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  • Also:

    "Historically, graphite was called black lead and plumbago.

    Plumbago was commonly used in its massive mineral form. Both of these names arise from confusion with the similar-appearing lead ores, particularly galena. The Latin word for lead is plumbum, which gave its name to both the English term for this grey metallic-sheened mineral and even the leadworts or plumbagos, plants with flowers that resemble this colour."

    -- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Graphite&oldid=554936861

    May 13, 2013

  • It makes me think of crumb bum (which makes me think of yarb).

    May 13, 2013

  • seeing this word caused the phrase plumbum oscillans to dredge itself up from the back of some rattling, rusted file cabinet of my brain. at first i could not remember a thing about it.

    May 10, 2013