Meaning of massicot in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmasɪkɒt/


mass noun
  • A yellow form of lead monoxide, used as a pigment.

    ‘He reported finding wulfenite, cerussite, anglesite, plattnerite, and massicot as alteration products of galena in three pegmatites at Saint Peters Dome.’
    • ‘Massicot is sometimes used by painters, and also as a drier in the composition of ointments and plasters.’
    • ‘A comparative study with different concentrations of two pigments (ultramarine blue and massicot) was carried out.’
    • ‘When the workmen take care not to agitate the massicot in placing it in the tun, they do not disseminate the saturnine dust during this operation.’


Late 15th century from French (influenced by Italian marzacotto ‘unguent’), ultimately from Arabic martak.