from The Century Dictionary.

  • Leaden; heavy.
  • Lead-colored; metallic gray

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  • adjective Consisting of, or resembling, lead.
  • adjective rare Dull; heavy; stupid.


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From Latin plumbeus, from plumbum "lead".


  • I'm okay with the recent recognition that these are three separate species, but who came up with "plumbeous" for ours?

    grouse Diary Entry

  • I just want to go on record that I have never recorded a "plumbeous" anything.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • The nadir is sounded by the plumbeous productions of Shadwell,

    A Memoir of Mrs. Behn

  • The database says I recorded a "plumbeous vireo" in 1991.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • Similar incidents carrying apprehension (as Lord Macaulay would say) to the breezy interiors of a thousand shanties on the same fatal morning, the domestic circle would know no name so expressive as _hrac_ for that fatal tube through which man, ingenious in illegitimate perversion, daily compels the innocent breath to discharge a plumbeous hail of rhetoric.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 34, August, 1860

  • NW San Lorenzo, are plumbeous-gray rather than pale dull gray.

    Birds from Coahuila, Mexico

  • However, the upper backs of both specimens are not so plumbeous-gray as on a male (32030) and a female (32031) of the subspecies _squamata_ from 1 mi.

    Birds from Coahuila, Mexico

  • The third common bird of Himalayan streams is the plumbeous redstart or water-robin (_Rhyacornis fuliginosus_).

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • It is plumbeous, with a fulvous belly and white tail coverts.

    V. Up the River of Tapirs

  • Zozaya, like Dicenta, has never done anything but manipulate the commonplace, failing to impart either lightness or novelty to it, as have Valera and Anatole France, succeeding only on the other hand in making it more plumbeous and indigestible.

    Youth and Egolatry


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  • (adj): leaden, made of lead, like lead in character or coloration.

    January 6, 2009