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[seer-uh-sahyt, si-ruhs-ahyt]
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  1. a mineral, lead carbonate, PbCO3, found in masses or in colorless, transparent crystals: an important ore of lead.

Origin of cerussite

1840–50; < Latin cēruss(a) ceruse + -ite1
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Historical Examples

  • Galena becomes anglesite, cerussite, pyromorphite and mimetite.

    The A B C of Mining

    Charles A. Bramble

  • The two important sources of supply are galena and cerussite.

    The A B C of Mining

    Charles A. Bramble

  • Cerussite is white or gray, resembling anglesite, and has a brilliant, vitreous luster.

  • Cerussite crystallizes in the orthorhombic system and is isomorphous with aragonite.

British Dictionary definitions for cerussite



  1. a usually white mineral, found in veins. It is a source of lead. Composition: lead carbonate. Formula: PbCO 3 . Crystal structure: orthorhombicAlso called: white lead ore

Word Origin

C19: from Latin cērussa (see ceruse) + -ite 1
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