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alembic

[uh-lem-bik] /əˈlɛm bɪk/
noun
1.
a vessel with a beaked cap or head, formerly used in distilling.
2.
anything that transforms, purifies, or refines.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English, variant of alambic < Medieval Latin alambicus < dialectal Arabic al the anbīq still < Greek ámbix cup
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  • Distilled four times for smoothness using a traditional pot or alembic still, which helps retain the flavors of the spirit.
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alembic

/əˈlɛmbɪk/
noun
1.
an obsolete type of retort used for distillation
2.
anything that distils or purifies
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin alembicum, from Arabic al-anbīq the still, from Greek ambix cup
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Word Origin and History for alembic
n.

late 14c., from Middle French alambic (13c.), via Old Spanish, from Arabic al-anbiq "distilling flask," from Greek ambix "cup," of unknown, possibly Semitic, origin. Often spelled limbeck 15c.-17c.

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