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

  • n. A rare lead chromate mineral, PbCrO4, that forms brilliant orange crystals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rare red mineral; lead chromate, PbCrO4.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lead chromate occuring in crystals of a bright hyacinth red color; -- called also red lead ore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mineral, a native chromate of lead or red-lead ore, found in brilliant red crystals in the Urals and Brazil, and also massive.

Etymologies

Alteration of French crocoise, from Greek krokoeis, saffron-colored, from krokos, saffron; see crocus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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