- white lead
- a former cosmetic containing white lead
Origin of ceruseOld French from Classical Latin cerussa from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Greek an unverified form k?roessa, waxlike from k?ros, wax
A white lead pigment, sometimes used in cosmetics.
transitive verbce·rused, ce·rus·ing, ce·rus·es
To treat (wood or a wooden object) with a white pigment to accentuate the grain.
Origin of ceruseMiddle English from Old French from Latin cērussa perhaps from dialectal Greek kēroessa from feminine of kēroeis containing wax, waxy from kēros wax (ancient cosmetics being made from wax and pigments)