Definition of ceruse in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪəruːs/


Archaic term for white lead.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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