citrination

noun
cit·​ri·​na·​tion | \ ˌsi‧trə̇ˈnāshən \
plural -s

Definition of citrination

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

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First Known Use of citrination

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for citrination

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

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“Citrination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citrination. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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