ceruse

[ seer-oos, si-roos ]
/ ˈsɪər us, sɪˈrus /
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noun

a pigment composed of white lead.

Origin of ceruse

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cērussa
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ceruse

/ (səˈruːs) /

noun

another name for white lead (def. 1)

Word Origin for ceruse

C14: from Old French céruse, from Latin cērussa, perhaps ultimately from Greek kēros wax
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