- a pigment composed of white lead.
Origin of ceruse
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cērussa
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A pot of ceruse, my child, that I took out of a lady's under-pocket.
You will temper minium and ceruse and carmine with clear of egg.Illumination and its Development in the Present Day
A pot of ceruse, my child, that I took out of a lady's under petticoat pocket.
Minium sometimes leans to orange; and there is made from ceruse a peculiar red, Mineral Orange.Field's Chromatography
Afterward the pulveriz'd Ceruse is to be infus'd, and the Ointment stirr'd about till it be almost cold.The Compleat Surgeon, or the Whole Art of Surgery Explain'd in a Most Familiar Method
Charles Gabriel Le Clerc
- another name for white lead (def. 1)
C14: from Old French céruse, from Latin cērussa, perhaps ultimately from Greek kēros wax
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