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alembic Line breaks: alem|bic
Pronunciation: /əˈlɛmbɪk/

Definition of alembic in English:


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A distilling apparatus, now obsolete, consisting of a gourd-shaped container and a cap with a long beak for conveying the products to a receiver.
Example sentences
  • The ‘limbeck’ is an alembic, a piece of distilling apparatus known also to alchemists.
  • Its insignia was two alembics with spouts crossed against a benzene ring.
  • The condensation visible when an object is heated in an alembic was sometimes called the queen's tears.


Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin alembicus, from Arabic al-'anbīq, from al- 'the' + 'anbīq 'still' (from Greek ambix, ambik- 'cup, cap of a still').

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