alembic

[ uh-lem-bik ]
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noun
  1. a vessel with a beaked cap or head, formerly used in distilling.

  2. anything that transforms, purifies, or refines.

Origin of alembic

1
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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How to use alembic in a sentence

  • Tortured in the human alembic, she was at length resolved, seeing with a vision that pierced all her horizons.

British Dictionary definitions for alembic

alembic

/ (əˈlɛmbɪk) /


noun
  1. an obsolete type of retort used for distillation

  2. anything that distils or purifies

Origin of alembic

1
C14: from Medieval Latin alembicum, from Arabic al-anbīq the still, from Greek ambix cup

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