Definition of white lead in English:

white lead

noun

  • [mass noun] A white pigment consisting of a mixture of lead carbonate and lead hydroxide.

    • ‘The paint room also held linseed oil, as well as the green and blue paint likely used to coat the steam engines, ‘Japan’ varnish, lamp black, coal tar, white lead, cement, and one diamond.’
    • ‘All of these came from natural sources such as madder, kermes, red and white lead, verdigris, yellow ochre, yellow arsenic sulphide, oak gall, indigo and woad and lapis lazuli.’
    • ‘Finds include large ceramic jars, glazed on the inside, which were probably used to manufacture white lead by the chemical reaction of vinegar, lead and a fermenting agent.’
    • ‘Alkyd and acrylic primers, pigmented with titanium white, have largely replaced white lead in oil as grounds for oil painting.’
    • ‘In contrast, most industrialised nations took action in the 1920s and 1930s, signing the International White Lead Treaty banning the use of white lead in paint.’

Pronunciation:

white lead

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