red lead

noun

Definition of red lead

: an orange-red to brick-red lead oxide Pb3O4 used in storage-battery plates, in glass and ceramics, and as a paint pigment

First Known Use of red lead

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Red lead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20lead. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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