Etymology: From (term, crucibulum, , night-lamp, metallurgic melting-pot), apparently a derivative of (term, crux, , cross).
- (context, chemistry) A cup-shaped piece of laboratory equipment used to contain chemical compounds when heating them to very high temperatures.
- A heat-resistant container in which metals are melted, usually at temperatures above 500Â°C, commonly made of graphite with clay as a binder.
- A very difficult and trying experience, that acts as a refining or hardening process.
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