The alembic proper is a sort of still-head which can be luted on to a flask or other vessel, and was much used for distillations.
This is the crucible from which is distilled the alembic of power.
My travelling fund had melted away in the alembic of cafés, theatres, masquerades, and “quadroon” balls.
A French physician, who travelled in China, says he never saw an alembic or distillatory apparatus in the whole country.
Put your pot under a chimney and hang thereupon an alembic Cap, whose mouth should relate to that of the pot.
In some countries, the alembic is used as a condenser, instead of a worm.
It was formed by Lacaille, and is supposed to represent a chemical furnace with an alembic and receiver!
The golden ore was passing through the alembic of adversity.
A thousand influences are poured into the alembic of the spirit, and serenity issues forth in modest splendor.
I then turned my attention to a receiver, connected by a worm with an alembic on the furnace.
late 14c., from Middle French alambic (13c.), via Old Spanish, from Arabic al-anbiq "distilling flask," from Greek ambix "cup," of unknown, possibly Semitic, origin. Often spelled limbeck 15c.-17c.