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[pluhm-buh s]
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adjective Chemistry.
  1. containing bivalent lead.
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Origin of plumbous

From the Latin word plumbōsus, dating back to 1675–85. See plumb, -ous
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Related Words

lead, galena, pewter, plumbic, plumbiferous, plumbous

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Historical Examples

  • A mixture of two parts of heavy spar and one of the plumbous compound.

    Field's Chromatography

    George Field

British Dictionary definitions for plumbous


  1. of or containing lead in the divalent state
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Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin plumbōsus full of lead, from Latin plumbum lead
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Word Origin and History for plumbous


1680s, "leaden;" 1854 in chemistry sense, "containing lead" (especially in a low valence), from Latin plumbosus "full of lead," from plumbum (see plumb (n.)).

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