from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ceramics, a piece used as a test of all the contents of a kiln, by means of which the degree of baking of the other pieces in the kiln can be judged. The essayette is put where it can easily be seen by a person looking through the montre.
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An excellent essayette, although I’m not sure what the true audience has ever been for the essay and to which social and intellectual groups it applied.
I’m no biologist, nor even a physician, but the flaws in Egnor’s essayette were so mind numbingly obvious that I wonder about his qualifications to teach anyone anything in a field remotely related to biology—or any field of the sciences for that matter.