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  1. a white pigment consisting of zinc sulfide, barium sulfate, and some zinc oxide, used as a pigment and filler in the manufacture of paints, inks, leather, paper, linoleum, and face powders.

Origin of lithopone

1880–85; litho- + Greek pónos a work, structure
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Examples from the Web for lithopone

Historical Examples

  • An amusing incident is told of a young man who painted his boat one night with a white paint in which lithopone was the pigment.

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    M. Luckiesh

  • Incidentally, lithopone which turns gray or nearly black in the sunlight regains its whiteness during the night.

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    M. Luckiesh

  • Lead pigments are never used with lithopone, as lead sulphide results, giving a black appearance.

  • A rough, sandy surface, however, was shown where lithopone was used in any great quantity.

  • These lithopone tests were later on replaced by new tests which are described later in this book.

British Dictionary definitions for lithopone


  1. a white pigment consisting of a mixture of zinc sulphide, zinc oxide, and barium sulphate

Word Origin

C20: from litho- + Greek ponos work
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