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A colorless or white mineral, PbCO3, that is an ore of lead; lead carbonate.
[German Zerussit, from Latin cērussa, ceruse.]
(Minerals) a usually white mineral, found in veins. It is a source of lead. Composition: lead carbonate. Formula: PbCO3. Crystal structure: orthorhombic. Also called: white lead ore
[C19: from Latin cērussa (see ceruse) + -ite1]
ce•rus•site(ˈsɪər əˌsaɪt, sɪˈrʌs aɪt)
a mineral, lead carbonate, PbCO3, found in masses or in colorless transparent crystals: an important ore of lead.
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|Noun||1.||cerussite - a mineral consisting of lead carbonate that is an important source of lead|
atomic number 82, Pb, lead - a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey; "the children were playing with lead soldiers"
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition