One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A process for extracting silver and gold from molten lead by adding zinc, which forms an alloy with the precious metals that collects on the surface.
Mid 19th century. From the name of Alexander Parkes, English chemist and inventor, who patented the process in 1850 ( Brit. Pat. 13,118) + process.
Parkes process/ˈpɑːks ˌprəʊsɛs/
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