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white lead

[led] /lɛd/
noun
1.
a white, heavy powder, basic lead carbonate, 2PbCO 3 ⋅Pb(OH) 2 , used as a pigment, in putty, and in medicinal ointments for burns.
2.
the putty made from this substance in oil.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
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British Dictionary definitions for white lead

white lead

/lɛd/
noun
1.
Also called ceruse. a white solid usually regarded as a mixture of lead carbonate and lead hydroxide; basic lead carbonate: used in paint and in making putty and ointments for the treatment of burns. Formula: 2PbCO3.Pb(OH)2
2.
either of two similar white pigments based on lead sulphate or lead silicate
3.
a type of putty made by mixing white lead with boiled linseed oil
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