In the sense of tin, calque of Latin plumbum album (“tin”, literally “white lead”) already used before our era, as well as plumbum candidum (“tin”, literally “white-shining lead”) and Arabic رَصَاص أَبْيَض (raṣāṣ ʾabyaḍ, “tin”, literally “white lead”), distinguished from plumbum nigrum (“lead”, literally “black lead”) / رَصَاص أَسْوَد (raṣāṣ ʾaswad, “lead”, literally “black lead”), as tin and lead were improperly distinguished before modernity.
- (obsolete) tin, golden marcasite
- A basic lead carbonate formerly widely used for a white pigment in paint.
- Synonyms: lead white, flake white, silver white, slate white, Berlin white, Cremnitz white/Kremnitz white, Crems white/Krems white, Nottingham white, Vienna white
- 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 40:
- The beginning of a new episode of work for Bradly was an agitated niggling over six-by-four squares of cardboard coated with size and white lead, prepared by himself to save an experimental waste of canvas.