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Meaning of cupel

cu•pel

Pronunciation: (ky'pul, ky-pel'), [key]
— n., v., -peled, -pel•ing -pelled, -pel•ling.
—n.
  1. a small, cuplike, porous container, usually made of bone ash, used in assaying, as for separating gold and silver from lead.
  2. a receptacle or furnace bottom in which silver is refined.
—v.t.
  1. to heat or refine in a cupel.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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