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litharge

[lith-ahrj, li-thahrj]
noun
  1. a yellowish or reddish, odorless, heavy, earthy, water-insoluble, poisonous solid, PbO, used chiefly in the manufacture of storage batteries, pottery, lead glass, paints, enamels, and inks.
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Compare red lead.

Origin of litharge

1350–1400; earlier litarge, litharge, Middle English litarge < Middle French, apocopated variant of litargire < Latin lithargyrus < Greek lithárgyros spume of silver, equivalent to lith- lith- + árgyros silver
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litharge

noun
  1. another name for lead monoxide
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Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin lithargyrus, from Greek, from lithos stone + arguros silver
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