ceruse

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From French céruse, from Latin cērussa.

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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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ceruse

  1. third-person singular pluperfect form of cere.