red lead


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

Examples of red lead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The book’s original illustrators, based in Angers, used red lead paint, while the artists in Nantes who painted over the portrait used vermillion red for Isabella’s gown and coats of arms. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 May 2021 Isabella's coat of arms was added to the floral borders, using the same vermilion red as her gown, which the analysis distinguished from the red lead paint of the original. Maev Kennedy, CNN, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of red lead

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Red lead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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