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noun

a poisonous pigment used in painting and enameling, consisting chiefly of lead antimoniate and characterized by its fugitive yellow color, rapid drying rate, and strong film-forming properties.

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Also called antimony yellow.

Origin of Naples yellow

1730–40; so called because originally manufactured in Naples, Italy
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Naples yellow

noun

a yellow pigment, used by artists; lead antimonate
a similar pigment consisting of a mixture of zinc oxide with yellow colouring matter
the colour of either of these pigments
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