A poisonous bright red powder, Pb3O4, used in paints, glass, pottery, and packing for pipe joints.(noun)
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Use "red lead" in a sentence
"The object of the use of red lead and other red coloring matters is two fold: first, to conceal other adulterations, and second, to preserve the color of the cayenne, as when exposed to the light for any time it usually loses part of the bright red color which it at first possesses, and therefore it becomes deteriorated in the eyes of the purchaser."