Definition of sugar of lead in English:

sugar of lead

Syllabification: sug·ar of lead
Pronunciation: /ˌSHo͝ogər əv ˈled
 
/

noun

Chemistry , • dated
  • Lead acetate, a soluble white crystalline salt.
    • Chemical formula: Pb(CH3CO2)2
    More example sentences
    • It shouldn't have been, but white lead was used to make bread whiter and sugar of lead to make wine sweeter.
    • Litharge and sugar of lead are used to-day only rarely as drying agents, having been displaced by the liquid manganese siccatives, which are easy to handle.
    • Unlike most other salts, this type of lead acetate has a sweet rather than a salty taste, resulting in its sometimes being called sugar of lead and its use in ancient Rome as a wine sweetener.

Origin

mid 17th century: so named for its sweet taste.

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