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alembic


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alembic  \A*lem"bic\  ([.a]*l[e^]m"b[i^]k),  n.  [F.  alambic  (cf. 
  Sp  alambique),  Ar  al-anb[=i]q,  fr  Gr  'a`mbix  cup,  cap  of 
  a  still  The  cap  or  head  was  the  alembic  proper.  Cf 
  {Limbec}.] 
  An  apparatus  formerly  used  in  distillation,  usually  made  of 
  glass  or  metal.  It  has  mostly  given  place  to  the  retort  and 
  worm  still 
 
  Note:  Used  also  metaphorically. 
 
  The  alembic  of  a  great  poet's  imagination. 
  --Brimley. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  alembic 
  n  :  an  obsolete  kind  of  container  used  for  distillation;  two 
  retorts  connected  by  a  tube 




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