Definition of litharge in English:


Line breaks: lith|arge
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪθɑːdʒ


[mass noun]
  • Lead monoxide, especially a red form used as a pigment and in glass and ceramics.
    • Chemical formula: Pb0
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    • 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.


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

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