a white, heavy powder, basic lead carbonate, 2PbCO3⋅Pb(OH)2, used as a pigment, in putty, and in medicinal ointments for burns.
the putty made from this substance in oil.
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How to use white lead in a sentence
The acts placed a duty (an external tax) upon glass, paper, painters' colors, white lead and tea.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
When compounded with white lead, however, the colour has been stated to be destroyed.Field's Chromatography | George Field
These are false appellations of a white lead, called also French white.Field's Chromatography | George Field
white lead, according to him, may be used with all temperas.
When the sheep is fly-blown, dislodge the maggots with a knife, and shake a little powdered white lead into the wound.A Treatise on Sheep: | Ambrose Blacklock
British Dictionary definitions for white lead
Also called: ceruse a white solid usually regarded as a mixture of lead carbonate and lead hydroxide; basic lead carbonate: used in paint and in making putty and ointments for the treatment of burns. Formula: 2PbCO 3 .Pb(OH) 2
either of two similar white pigments based on lead sulphate or lead silicate
a type of putty made by mixing white lead with boiled linseed oil
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