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White lead (alchemy)

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An early chemical symbol used to indicate white lead.

For many centuries, this highly toxic substance was actually used as a cosmetic. Dating at least far back as Mycenaean-era Greece (roughly 1600-1100 B.C.E.), it continued to be used in this capacity right up though the early modern era. Queen Elizabeth I of England, for example, began wearing make-up of this substance to help conceal her facial scars, remnants of a case of smallpox she contracted in 1562.

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Asymmetric, Open shape, Monochrome, Contains straight lines, Has crossing lines.

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