from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The yellow oxide of lead, or massicot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A term variously employed by early writers on art, though commonly designating the yellow oxide of lead, or massicot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A yellow pigment the nature of which is doubtful; perhaps a light yellow ocher or possibly a sulphid of antimony.


Italian, from giallo yellow, probably from Old High German gelo, German gelb; akin to English yellow. (Wiktionary)


  • Several, including massicot or giallolino, purple of Cassius reference, and Drebbel's red, predated the epoch.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • The yellow color giallolino was prepared by heating lead and tin together, occasionally with silica added to stabilize the color and deepen the shade. 16 Some published instructions for making ultramarine from lapis lazuli recommended a long process involving calcination, extraction in vinegar, mixture into a wax-resin combination, and decanting or extraction to separate the best and several less-good coloring materials. 17 reference Although it is possible to grind, suspend, and decant lapis lazuli, the manufactured color was believed to be better, purer, and brighter.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe


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