Definition of ceruse in English:

ceruse

Pronunciation /ˈsɪəruːs//sɪˈruːs/

noun

  • archaic term for white lead
    • ‘Ceruse ought not to be administered internally.’
    • ‘The ceruse mixture was applied to the neck and bosom as well as the face.’
    • ‘The white lead made hair fall out; and the extensive use of ceruse through the Elizabethan era explains the fashion for high foreheads, as hairlines receded.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin cerussa, perhaps from Greek kēros ‘wax’.

Pronunciation

ceruse

/ˈsɪəruːs//sɪˈruːs/