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  1. a pigment composed of white lead.

Origin of ceruse

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cērussa
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Examples from the Web for ceruse

Historical Examples

  • A pot of ceruse, my child, that I took out of a lady's under-pocket.

    The Beaux-Stratagem

    George Farquhar

  • You will temper minium and ceruse and carmine with clear of egg.

  • A pot of ceruse, my child, that I took out of a lady's under petticoat pocket.

    The Beaux-Stratagem

    George Farquhar

  • Minium sometimes leans to orange; and there is made from ceruse a peculiar red, Mineral Orange.

  • Afterward the pulveriz'd Ceruse is to be infus'd, and the Ointment stirr'd about till it be almost cold.

British Dictionary definitions for ceruse


  1. another name for white lead (def. 1)

Word Origin

C14: from Old French céruse, from Latin cērussa, perhaps ultimately from Greek kēros wax
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