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minium

[min-ee-uh m]
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noun
  1. red lead.
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Origin of minium

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: cinnabar, red lead
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Historical Examples

  • The detection of minium is conveniently executed in the dry way.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection

    Alexander Wynter Blyth

  • The flux consists of borax, sand, and minium in small quantity.

  • After being roasted it is pulverized and is minium secundarium.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • Perhaps the most interesting experiment made by Hales is the heating of minium (red-lead) with the production of oxygen.

  • The term used by him for the mineral is minium nativum (Interpretatio,—bergzinober or cinnabaris).

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola


British Dictionary definitions for minium

minium

noun
  1. another name for red lead
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Word Origin

C14 (meaning: vermilion): from Latin
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