Meaning of white lead

white' lead'

Pronunciation: (led), [key]
  1. a white, heavy powder, basic lead carbonate, 2PbCO&multiplydot;Pb(OH), used as a pigment, in putty, and in medicinal ointments for burns.
  2. the putty made from this substance in oil.
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