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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

1350–1400; Middle English, variant of alambic<Medieval Latin alambicus<dialectal Arabic al the anbīq still <Greek ámbix cup
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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
C14: from Medieval Latin alembicum, from Arabic al-anbīq the still, from Greek ambix cup
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