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a·lem·bic

 (ə-lĕm′bĭk)
n.
1. An apparatus consisting of two vessels connected by a tube, formerly used for distilling liquids.
2. A device that purifies or alters by a process comparable to distillation.

[Middle English alambic, from Old French, from Medieval Latin alembicus, from Arabic al-'anbīq : al-, the + 'anbīq, still (from Greek ambix, cup).]

alembic

(əˈlɛmbɪk)
n
1. (Chemistry) an obsolete type of retort used for distillation
2. anything that distils or purifies
[C14: from Medieval Latin alembicum, from Arabic al-anbīq the still, from Greek ambix cup]

a•lem•bic

(əˈlɛm bɪk)

n.
1. a vessel with a beaked cap or head, formerly used in distilling.
2. anything that transforms, purifies, or refines.
[1350–1400; Middle English, variant of alambic < Medieval Latin alambicus < dial. Arabic al the + anbīq still < Greek ámbix cup]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alembic - an obsolete kind of container used for distillationalembic - an obsolete kind of container used for distillation; two retorts connected by a tube
retort - a vessel where substances are distilled or decomposed by heat
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