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[pluhm-bee-uh s]
  1. resembling or containing lead; leaden.
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Origin of plumbeous

1570–80; < Latin plumbeus, equivalent to plumb(um) lead + -eus -eous
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Examples from the Web for plumbeous

Historical Examples

  • The third common bird of Himalayan streams is the plumbeous redstart or water-robin (Rhyacornis fuliginosus).

    Birds of the Indian Hills

    Douglas Dewar

  • The glass and plumbeous glazes may be colored with a variety of other oxides, without losing their transparency.

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young

  • Wings and tail slate-black edged chiefly with bluish plumbeous gray, the coverts and tertiaries with olive-green.

  • Wing coverts black, plumbeous edged and tipped with white tinged with wood-brown forming two wing bands.

  • As a kitten of the Muses and meer frog of Helicon he croaked cataracts of plumbeous cerebrosity.

British Dictionary definitions for plumbeous


  1. made of or relating to lead or resembling lead in colour
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin plumbeus leaden, from plumbum lead
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