ceruse

noun
ce·ruse | \ sə-ˈrüs , ˈsir-ˌüs \

Definition of ceruse 

1 : white lead as a pigment

2 : a cosmetic containing white lead

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Since most of us don't have flawless porcelain complexions, the Elizabethans — at least those who could afford it — used a product called ceruse, which was a blend of vinegar and, wait for it, white lead. Donna Freydkin, Allure, "Margot Robbie Spied With RED Hair for Her Role as Queen Elizabeth I," 21 Aug. 2017 This mixture of lead and vinegar that Elizabeth used was known as Venetian ceruse, or the spirits of Saturn. National Geographic, "Arsenic Pills and Lead Foundation: The History of Toxic Makeup," 22 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of ceruse

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ceruse

Middle English, from Middle French céruse, from Latin cerussa

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ceruse

noun
ce·ruse | \ sə-ˈrüs , ˈsi(ə)r-ˌüs \

Medical Definition of ceruse 

1 : white lead as a pigment

2 : a cosmetic containing white lead

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