Definition of litharge in English:



  • Lead monoxide, especially a red form used as a pigment and in glass and ceramics.

    • ‘Fluxing agents include lead oxide or litharge which is used as a collector of precious metals.’
    • ‘The ore, which ran to 25 percent silver, was melted in a small clay or stone furnace called a guaira or wayra, using lead oxide (litharge) as a flux.’


Middle English: from Old French litarge, via Latin from Greek litharguros, from lithos ‘stone’ + arguros ‘silver’.