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red lead

[led] /lɛd/
an orange to red, heavy, earthy, water-insoluble, poisonous powder, Pb 3 O 4 , obtained by heating litharge in the presence of air: used chiefly as a paint pigment, in the manufacture of glass and glazes, and in storage batteries.
Also called minium.
Compare litharge.
Origin of red lead
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50 Unabridged
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red lead

a bright-red poisonous insoluble oxide of lead usually obtained as a powder by heating litharge in air. It is used as a pigment in paints. Formula: Pb3O4 Also called minium
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