|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.|
|2.||to use (an argument) against its originator; turn the tables by saying (something)|
|3.||a sharp, angry, or witty reply|
|4.||an argument used against its originator|
|[C16: from Latin retorquēre to twist back, from |
|1.||a glass vessel with a round bulb and long tapering neck that is bent down, used esp in a laboratory for distillation|
|2.||a vessel in which large quantities of material may be heated, esp one used for heating ores in the production of metals or heating coal to produce gas|
|3.||(tr) to heat in a retort|
|[C17: from French retorte, from Medieval Latin retorta, from Latin retorquēre to twist back; see |
retort re·tort (rĭ-tôrt', rē'tôrt')
A closed laboratory vessel with an outlet tube, used for distillation, sublimation, or decomposition by heat.
|retort (rĭ-tôrt', rē'-) Pronunciation Key
A glass laboratory vessel in the shape of a bulb with a long, downward-pointing outlet tube. It is used for distillation or decomposition by heat.