from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To separate (an ore) into scoria and a precious metal.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To reduce to scoria, slag, or dross.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb (Chem.) To reduce to scoria or slag; specifically, in assaying, to fuse so as to separate the gangue and earthy material, with borax, lead, soda, etc., thus leaving the gold and silver in a lead button; hence, to separate from, or by means of, a slag.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb To reduce an
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It is no matter if the liquor is a little bit turbid; transfer it to a lead dish, evaporate, scorify, and cupel in the usual fashion.
When the cupel shows signs of the presence of these metals in objectionable quantity, it is well to repeat the assay and scorify so as to remove them before cupellation.
In the latter case it is best to scorify the lead down to something less than 1 gram, and to perform the cupellation on a specially prepared small fine cupel.