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Meaning of CUPELLATION

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Cu`pel*la"tion\ (k[=u]`p[e^]l*l[=a]"sh[u^]n) n.
[See {Cupel}.]
The act or process of refining gold or silver, etc., in a
cupel.

Note: The process consist in exposing the cupel containing
      the metal to be assayed or refined to a hot blast, by
      which the lead, copper, tin, etc., are oxidized,
      dissolved, and carried down into the porous cupel,
      leaving the unoxidizable precious metal. If lead is not
      already present in the alloy it must be added before
      cupellation.

 

 

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