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inquartation

[in-kwawr-tey-shuh n] /ˌɪn kwɔrˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
(in assaying) the addition of silver to a gold-silver alloy in order to facilitate the parting of the gold by nitric acid.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; perhaps < French inquartation. See in-2, quarter, -ation
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