from The Century Dictionary.

  • In chem., containing lead as a constituent; more specifically, containing lead with apparently dyad valence: as, plumbous chlorid. PbCl2, as distinguished from plumbic chlorid, PbCl4.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or containing, lead; -- used specifically to designate those compounds in which it has a lower valence as contrasted with plumbic compounds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective chemistry Of, pertaining to, resembling or containing lead.
  • adjective chemistry Specifically, of compounds in which it has a lower valence as contrasted with plumbic compounds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective relating to or consisting of lead


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  • What a fat, happy word for something really heavy.

    BTW, is WeirdNET just playing with me, with that "more" button, or what?

    July 24, 2008

  • at least we'll have the perfect word when someone starts carving giant plums out of graphite.

    July 24, 2008

  • There are quite a few words where the WeirdNet 'more' button is like that; it's been mentioned on bugs, I think. I don't know whether it's their fault or Wordie's.

    July 24, 2008

  • It's okay. I just thought it was funny.

    July 24, 2008

  • Nope. WeirdNet is most definitely messing with our heads. We just haven't noticed because we're too busy doing the same thing to ourselves.

    July 29, 2008

  • An old term for graphite is plumbago.

    December 29, 2010