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red lead

minium \min"i*um\ (?; 277), n. [L. minium, an Iberian word, the Romans getting all their cinnabar from Spain; cf. Basque armine['a].] (Chem.) A heavy, brilliant red pigment, consisting of an oxide of lead, Pb3O4, obtained by exposing lead or massicot to a gentle and continued heat in the air. It is used as a cement, as a paint, and in the manufacture of flint glass. Called also red lead, lead tetroxide, lead orthoplumbate, mineral orange, mineral red, Paris red, Saturn red, and less definitively, lead oxide.

red lead

n. a bright red, poisonous oxide of lead, Pb3O4, used as a pigment and in glass and ceramics

red lead

n. a reddish oxide of lead (Pb3O4) used as a pigment in paints and in glass and ceramics [syn: minium]

Usage examples of "red lead".

Through the window and across the dock, right under his competent eye, was a ship: an untidy grey ship, mottled with red lead, noisy with riveting, dirty with an accumulation of wood-shavings, cotton-waste, and empty paint drums.