Definition of ceruse in English:

ceruse

Line breaks: cer¦use
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪəruːs
 
, sɪˈruːs
 
/

noun

  • archaic term for white lead.
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    • 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.
    • Ceruse ought not to be administered internally.
    • The ceruse mixture was applied to the neck and bosom as well as the face.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin cerussa, perhaps from Greek kēros 'wax'.

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