red lead

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Red lead powder

red lead (uncountable)

  1. A bright red, poisonous oxide of lead, Pb3O4, used as a pigment and in glass and ceramics.
  2. (military, slang, dated) Tomato ketchup.
    • 2003, The Four Stack APDs: The Famed Green Dragons (page 54)
      Saturday/Wednesday morning breakfast beans were accompanied by corn bread and bowls of "red lead" [catsup for you landlubbers].

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