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black lead

noun Mineralogy.
  1. graphite; plumbago.
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Origin of black lead

First recorded in 1575–85
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Examples from the Web for black lead

Historical Examples

  • Now that is exactly what is done in the preparation of the black-lead for lead-pencils.

    The Story of a Tinder-box

    Charles Meymott Tidy

  • The next thing is to prepare the wood to receive the black-lead strips.

    The Story of a Tinder-box

    Charles Meymott Tidy

  • He became industriously curious about the past of black-lead.

    Tono Bungay

    H. G. Wells

  • But when they tried it, to their great disappointment it turned out to be only black-lead.

  • They are made to revolve during four hours, to render them smooth; black-lead is then added, and they revolve four hours more.

British Dictionary definitions for black lead

black lead

  1. another name for graphite
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