- containing bivalent lead.
Origin of plumbous
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A mixture of two parts of heavy spar and one of the plumbous compound.Field's Chromatography
- of or containing lead in the divalent state
C17: from Late Latin plumbōsus full of lead, from Latin plumbum lead
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Word Origin and History for plumbous
1680s, "leaden;" 1854 in chemistry sense, "containing lead" (especially in a low valence), from Latin plumbosus "full of lead," from plumbum (see plumb (n.)).
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