cupel
I. noun Etymology: French coupelle, diminutive of coupe cup, from Late Latin cuppa Date: 1605 a small shallow porous cup especially of bone ash used in assaying to separate precious metals from lead II. transitive verb (-pelled or -peled; -pelling or -peling) Date: 1644 to refine by means of a cupel • cupeller noun

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  • Cupel — may refer to: A porous pot used in cupellation Cupel, Białobrzegi County in Masovian Voivodeship (east central Poland) Cupel, Legionowo County in Masovian Voivodeship (east central Poland) Cupel, Ostrołęka County in Masovian Voivodeship (east… …   Wikipedia

  • Cupel — Cu pel (k[=u] p[e^]l), n. [LL. cupella cup (cf. L. cupella, small cask, dim. of cupa) : cf. F. coupelle. See {Cup}, and cf. {Coblet}.] A shallow porous cup, used in refining precious metals, commonly made of bone ashes (phosphate of lime).… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cupel — Cu*pel (k[ u]*p[e^]l ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cupelled} ( p?ld ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cupelling}.] To refine by means of a cupel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cupel — [kyo͞o′pəl, kyo͞o pel′] n. [Fr coupelle < ML cupella, dim. < L cupa: see CUP] 1. a small, shallow, porous cup used in assaying gold, silver, etc. 2. a hearth for refining metals vt. cupeled or cupelled, cupeling to assay or refine in a… …   English World dictionary

  • cupel — cupeler /kyooh peuh leuhr/, cupeller /kyooh pel euhr/, n. cupellation, n. /kyooh peuhl, kyooh pel /, n., v., cupeled, cupeling or (esp. Brit.) cupelled, cupelling. n. 1. a small, cuplike, porous container, usually made of bone ash, used in… …   Universalium

  • cupel — cu·pel || kjuːpÉ™l n. small porous cuplike bowl made of bone ash used in separation of metals v. heat or refine in cupel …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cupel — [ kju:p(ə)l] noun a shallow, porous container in which gold or silver can be refined or assayed by melting with a blast of hot air which oxidizes lead or other base metals. verb (cupels, cupelling, cupelled; US cupels, cupeling, cupeled) assay or …   English new terms dictionary

  • cupel — cu•pel [[t]ˈkyu pəl, kyuˈpɛl[/t]] n. v. peled, pel•ing (esp. brit.) pelled, pel•ling. 1) mel a small, porous cup, usu. made of bone ash, used in assaying, as for separating gold and silver from lead 2) mel a receptacle or furnace bottom in which… …   From formal English to slang

  • cupel — /ˈkjupəl/ (say kyoohpuhl), /kjuˈpɛl/ (say kyooh pel) noun 1. a small cuplike porous vessel, 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.… …   Australian English dictionary

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