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cupel

[ kyoo-puhl, kyoo-pel ]
/ 藞kyu p蓹l, kyu藞p蓻l /
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noun
a small, cuplike, porous container, usually made of bone ash, used in assaying, as for separating gold and silver from lead.
a receptacle or furnace bottom in which silver is refined.
verb (used with object), cu路peled, cu路pel路ing or (especially British) cu路pelled, cu路pel路ling.
to heat or refine in a cupel.
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Origin of cupel

1595鈥1605; <Medieval Latin c奴pella, equivalent to Latin c奴p(a) tub + -ella diminutive suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM cupel

cu路pel路er [kyoo-puh-ler], /藞kyu p蓹 l蓹r/, cu路pel路ler [kyoo-pel-er], /kyu藞p蓻l 蓹r/, nouncu路pel路la路tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cupel

cupel
/ (藞kju藧pl, kj蕣藞p蓻l) /

noun
a refractory pot in which gold or silver is refined
a small porous bowl made of bone ash in which gold and silver are recovered from a lead button during assaying
verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled or US -pels, -peling or -peled
(tr) to refine (gold or silver) by means of cupellation

Derived forms of cupel

cupeller, noun

Word Origin for cupel

C17: from French coupelle, diminutive of coupe cup
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