beneficiation

noun ben·e·fi·ci·a·tion \ ˌbe-nə-ˌfi-shē-ˈā-shən \

Definition of beneficiation

: the treatment of raw material (such as iron ore) to improve physical or chemical properties especially in preparation for smelting

beneficiate

play \-ˈfi-shē-ˌāt\ transitive verb

First Known Use of beneficiation

circa 1881

in the meaning defined above

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