Pronunciation: (ri-kOO'pu-rā"tur, -kyOO'-), [key]
1. a person or thing that recuperates.
2. (in a recuperative furnace) a system of thin-walled ducts through which incoming air and exhausted gases pass separately so that the air is heated by the gases.
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