Definitions

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cērussa.

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From French céruse, from Latin cērussa.

Examples

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  • "He describes several goods being sent by caravan from Guzang to other destinations, most likely Loulan, some 900 miles (1,400 km) away: 'white,' most likely ceruse, a cosmetic with a white lead base; pepper; silver; and 'rysk,' a term whose meaning is not clear. Certain goods traveled great distances: pepper and camphor could be purchased only in Southeast Asia or India, while musk came from the Tibetan border with Gansu."

    --Valerie Hansen, The Silk Road: A New History (Oxford and New York: Oxford UP, 2012), 119

    January 3, 2017