a vessel with a beaked cap or head, formerly used in distilling.
anything that transforms, purifies, or refines.

1350–1400; Middle English, variant of alambic < Medieval Latin alambicus < dialectal Arabic al the anbīq still < Greek ámbix cup Unabridged
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alembic (əˈlɛmbɪk)
1.  an obsolete type of retort used for distillation
2.  anything that distils or purifies
[C14: from Medieval Latin alembicum, from Arabic al-anbīq the still, from Greek ambix cup]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from M.Fr. alambic, via O.Sp., from Arabic al-anbiq "distilling flask," from Gk. ambix "cup," of unknown, possibly Semitic, origin.
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Example sentences
Distilled four times for smoothness using a traditional pot or alembic still, which helps retain the flavors of the spirit.
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