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  1. a vessel with a beaked cap or head, formerly used in distilling.
  2. anything that transforms, purifies, or refines.
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Origin of alembic

1350–1400; Middle English, variant of alambic < Medieval Latin alambicus < dialectal Arabic al the anbīq still < Greek ámbix cup
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Related Words for alembic

kettle, jar, pot, crate, packet, vessel, dish, storage, bowl, carton, jug, pail, utensil, vase, capsule, sack, pouch, box, tank, package

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British Dictionary definitions for alembic


  1. an obsolete type of retort used for distillation
  2. anything that distils or purifies
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Word Origin for alembic

C14: from Medieval Latin alembicum, from Arabic al-anbīq the still, from Greek ambix cup
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Word Origin and History for alembic


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.

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