from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A crucible; a melting-pot.


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  • "Rogero: Shall any broken quacksalver’s bastard oppose him to me in my nuptials? No; but I’ll show him better metal than e’er the gallemawfrey his father used. Thou scum of his melting-pots, that wert christen’d in a crusoile with Mercury’s water to show thou wouldest prove a stinging aspis! for all thou spitt’st is aqua fortis, and thy breath is a compound of poison’s stillatory: if I get within thee, hadst thou the scaly hide of a crocodile, as thou art partly of his nature, I would leave thee as bare as an anatomy at the second viewing."

    - John Marston, 'The Insatiate Countess', 1613.

    July 30, 2021