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Webster 1913 Edition


Ceruse

Ce′ruse

,
Noun.
[F.
céruse
, L.
cerussa
.]
1.
White lead, used as a pigment. See
White lead
, under
White
.
2.
A cosmetic containing white lead.
To distinguish
ceruse
from natural bloom.
Macaulay.
3.
(Min.)
The native carbonate of lead.

Webster 1828 Edition


Ceruse

CERUSE

,
Noun.
White-lead; a carbonate of lead, produced by exposing the metal in thin plates to the vapor of vinegar. Lead is sometimes found native in the form of ceruse.
Ceruse of antimony is a white oxyd of antimony, which separates from the water in which diaphoretic antimony has been washed.

Definition 2022


ceruse

ceruse

See also: céruse

English

Noun

ceruse (uncountable)

  1. White lead, a hydrate of lead mixed with carbonate, formerly used as a white pigment, in cosmetics, and for medical purposes.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.ii.1.1:
      Galen hath taken exceptions at such waters which run through leaden pipes, ob cerussam quæ in iis generatur, for that unctuous ceruse, which causeth dysenteries and fluxes […].

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Romanian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈt͡ʃeruse]

Verb

ceruse

  1. third-person singular pluperfect form of cere.