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noun

any of several yellow pigments in shades from lemon to deep orange, composed chiefly of chromates of lead, barium, or zinc.

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Origin of chrome yellow

First recorded in 1810–20
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chrome yellow

noun

any yellow pigment consisting of lead chromate mixed with lead sulphate
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