Definition of litharge in English:

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litharge

Pronunciation: /ˈliTHärj/
/liˈTHärj/

noun

Lead monoxide, especially a red form used as a pigment and in glass and ceramics.
  • Chemical formula: PbO.
Example sentences
  • The ore, which ran to 25 percent silver, was melted in a small clay or stone furnace called a guaira or wayra, using lead oxide (litharge) as a flux.
  • Fluxing agents include lead oxide or litharge which is used as a collector of precious metals.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French litarge, via Latin from Greek litharguros, from lithos 'stone' + arguros 'silver'.

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Syllabification: lith·arge

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