cupel

[ kyoo-puh l, kyoo-pel ]
/ ˈkyu pəl, kyuˈpɛl /
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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·peled, cu·pel·ing or (especially British) cu·pelled, cu·pel·ling.

to heat or refine in a cupel.

Nearby words

  1. cupboard,
  2. cupboard is bare, the,
  3. cupboard love,
  4. cupcake,
  5. cupe,
  6. cupeler,
  7. cupellation,
  8. cupeller,
  9. cupertino,
  10. cupferron

Origin of cupel

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin cūpella, equivalent to Latin cūp(a) tub + -ella diminutive suffix

Related formscu·pel·er [kyoo-puh-ler] /ˈkyu pə lər/, cu·pel·ler [kyoo-pel-er] /kyuˈpɛl ər/, nouncu·pel·la·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for cupel

cupel

/ (ˈkjuːpəl, kjʊˈpɛl) /

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 Formscupeller, noun

Word Origin for cupel

C17: from French coupelle, diminutive of coupe cup

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