from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In assaying, a small flat dish made of a refractory substance, used in the assay of various ores according to the method called scarification. Such dishes are usually from two to three inches in diameter.
  • noun An apparatus used in extracting gold and silver from jewelers' sweepings, and in various other chemical operations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) One who, or that which, scorifies; specifically, a small flat bowl-shaped cup used in the first heating in assaying, to remove the earth and gangue, and to concentrate the gold and silver in a lead button.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a refractory crucible used in the assay of metals


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