Archaic term for white lead.
- 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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