: a fused lead monoxide
broadly : lead monoxide

Word History


Middle English litarge, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin lithargyrus, borrowed from Greek lithárgyros, from lith- lith- + árgyros "silver" — more at argent

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of litharge was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Litharge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


li·​tharge ˈlith-ˌärj How to pronounce litharge (audio) lith-ˈ How to pronounce litharge (audio)
: lead monoxide obtained in flake or powdered form
broadly : lead monoxide compare massicot

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