- a yellowish or reddish, odorless, heavy, earthy, water-insoluble, poisonous solid, PbO, used chiefly in the manufacture of storage batteries, pottery, lead glass, paints, enamels, and inks.
Compare red lead.
Origin of litharge
1350–1400; earlier litarge, litharge, Middle English litarge < Middle French, apocopated variant of litargire < Latin lithargyrus < Greek lithárgyros spume of silver, equivalent to lith- lith- + árgyros silver
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Examples from the Web for litharge
The heat ought never to be urged so far as to melt the litharge.
In the proportion of an ounce of litharge to a quart of oil.Buenos Ayres and the Provinces of the Rio de La Plata
The best solvents of litharge are nitric acid and acetic acid.
Other forms substitute an equal weight of litharge for the graphite.
It is manufactured in two forms, known as “massicot” and “litharge.”
- another name for lead monoxide
C14: via Old French from Latin lithargyrus, from Greek, from lithos stone + arguros silver
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