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archaic term for white lead
‘The white lead made hair fall out; and the extensive use of ceruse through the Elizabethan era explains the fashion for high foreheads, as hairlines receded.’
- ‘Ceruse ought not to be administered internally.’
- ‘The ceruse mixture was applied to the neck and bosom as well as the face.’
Late Middle English via Old French from Latin cerussa, perhaps from Greek kēros ‘wax’.
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