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  • n. a refractory crucible used in the assay of metals

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, scorifies; specifically, a small flat bowl-shaped cup used in the first heating in assaying, to remove the earth and gangue, and to concentrate the gold and silver in a lead button.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In assaying, a small flat dish made of a refractory substance, used in the assay of various ores according to the method called scarification. Such dishes are usually from two to three inches in diameter.
  • n. An apparatus used in extracting gold and silver from jewelers' sweepings, and in various other chemical operations.


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