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alembic

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noun alem·bic \ə-ˈlem-bik\

Definition of alembic

  1. 1 :  an apparatus used in distillation

  2. 2 :  something that refines or transmutes as if by distillation <philosophy … filtered through the alembic of Plato's mind — B. T. Shropshire>



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Origin of alembic

Middle English, from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French alambic & Medieval Latin alembicum, from Arabic al-anbīq, from al the + anbīq still, from Late Greek ambik-, ambix alembic, from Greek, cap of a still


First Known Use: 14th century


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alembic

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noun alem·bic \ə-ˈlem-bik\

Medical Definition of alembic

  1. :  an apparatus formerly used in distillation




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