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

  • n. A heavy white poisonous powder, essentially basic lead carbonate, used in paint pigments.

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  • n. A basic lead carbonate once used in paint

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. hydrated carbonate of lead, obtained as a white, amorphous powder, and much used as an ingredient of white paint.
  • adj. Native lead carbonate; cerusite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a poisonous white pigment that contains lead


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  • But in spite of all the white lead and sugar and chalk through which he had sucked his way, MacGreedy could not come to the almond.

    The Brownies and Other Tales


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