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PLUMBAGO (from Lat. plum-bum, lead)

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 855 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PLUMBAGO (from Lat. plum-bum, lead), a name frequently applied to graphite (q.v.), in allusion to its remote resemblance to lead, whence it is popularly called " black-lead." It was formerly held in repute in medicine, but is now regarded as having no medicinal properties of any value.
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