1) To melt ore in order to extract the metal.

1543 for smelting one pece leade that was of the leade ashes whan the howse at Brymbem was thekydde, vs, Fountains Abbey. The term ‘smelt-lead’ was used: 1446-58 et de vij pese de smeltled liberatis Joh’i glassyn, Fountains Abbey.

dates 1446-1458 1543

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