Definitions for: Minium


[n] a reddish oxide of lead (Pb3O4) used as a pigment in paints and in glass and ceramics



Webster (1913) Definition: Min"i*um (?; 277), n. [L. minium, an Iberian word, the
Romans getting all their cinnabar from Spain; cf. Basque
armine['a].] (Chem.)
A heavy, brilliant red pigment, consisting of an oxide of
lead, Pb3O4, obtained by exposing lead or massicot to a
gentle and continued heat in the air. It is used as a cement,
as a paint, and in the manufacture of flint glass. Called
also red lead.

Synonyms: red lead

See Also: oxide

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