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cupel

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Noun, Verb (usu participle)
 : 
cu=pel

CIDE DICTIONARY

cupeln. [LL. cupella cup (cf. L. cupella, small cask, dim. of cupa) : cf. F. coupelle. See Cup, and cf. Coblet.].
     A shallow porous cup, used in refining precious metals, commonly made of bone ashes (phosphate of lime).  [1913 Webster]
Cupel dust, powder used in purifying metals.
cupelv. t. 
     To refine by means of a cupel.  [1913 Webster]

OXFORD DICTIONARY

cupel, n. & v.
--n. a small flat porous vessel used in assaying gold or silver in the presence of lead.
--v.tr. (cupelled, cupelling; US cupeled, cupeling) assay or refine in a cupel.

Derivative
cupellation n.
Etymology
F coupelle f. LL cupella dimin. of cupa: see CUP

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