plural -s
: an alchemical operation in which a base metal was made more yellow and therefore thought to have been brought nearer to gold

Word History


Middle English citrinacioun, from Medieval Latin citrination-, citrinatio, from citrinus + Latin -ation-, -atio -ation

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of citrination was in the 15th century

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“Citrination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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