- an apparatus of glass or metal, like a retort, formerly used for distilling
- anything that refines or purifies
Origin of alembicMiddle English and amp; Old French alambic ; from Medieval Latin alambicus ; from Arabic al-anb?q ; from al, the + anb?q, distilling flask ; from Classical Greek ambix, a cup
- An apparatus consisting of two vessels connected by a tube, formerly used for distilling liquids.
- A device that purifies or alters by a process comparable to distillation.
Origin of alembicMiddle English alambic, from Old French, from Medieval Latin alembicus, from Arabic al-’anb&imacron;q : al-, the + ’anb&imacron;q, still (from Greek ambix, cup).