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From Anglo-Norman assaier, from assai, from Old French essai.
Middle English from Old French essai, assai essay
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
The method is sometimes employed in the assay of gold.
In 1864 a public assay office was established.
Pieces are cut out for assay, and the bars are then ready for rolling.
Both the St Francois and Jasper ores yield from 70 to 75% of metal in final product, and assay even higher.
Varrentrapp pointed out that " cornets " from the assay of gold may retain gas if they are not strongly heated.
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