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red lead

 (lĕd)
n.
A poisonous bright red powder, Pb3O4, used in paints, glass, pottery, and packing for pipe joints.

red lead

(lɛd)
n
(Elements & Compounds) a bright-red poisonous insoluble oxide of lead usually obtained as a powder by heating litharge in air. It is used as a pigment in paints. Formula: Pb3O4. Also called: minium

red′ lead′

(lɛd)

n.
an orange to red, heavy, water-insoluble, poisonous powder, Pb3O4, used chiefly as a paint pigment, in the manufacture of glass and glazes, and in storage batteries.
[1400–50]
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Noun1.red lead - a reddish oxide of lead (Pb3O4) used as a pigment in paints and in glass and ceramicsred lead - a reddish oxide of lead (Pb3O4) used as a pigment in paints and in glass and ceramics
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This, being very old, knotted, seamed, and beamed, gave a lowering aspect to the chamber; and roof, and walls, and floor, alike abounding in old smears of flour, red-lead (or some such stain which it had probably acquired in warehousing), and damp, alike had a look of decomposition.
Chips was there the whole afternoon on his knees, messing with putty and red-lead.