The Latin word for lead, which explains (a) our words plumbing and plumber (since pipes used to be made out of lead), (b) our words plumb and plumb bob, and (c) the chemical symbol for lead, Pb.

Plum"bum (?), n. [L.] Chem.

The technical name of lead. See Lead.

 

© Webster 1913.

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