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alembic

[ uh-lem-bik ]
/ əˈlɛm bɪk /
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noun
a vessel with a beaked cap or head, formerly used in distilling.
anything that transforms, purifies, or refines.
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Origin of alembic

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, variant of alambic, from Medieval Latin alambicus, from dialectal Arabic al anbīq “the still,” from Greek ámbix (stem ámbīk- ) “cup, vessel with a spout”
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British Dictionary definitions for alembic

alembic
/ (əˈlɛmbɪk) /

noun
an obsolete type of retort used for distillation
anything that distils or purifies

Word Origin for alembic

C14: from Medieval Latin alembicum, from Arabic al-anbīq the still, from Greek ambix cup
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