from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An apparatus consisting of two vessels connected by a tube, formerly used for distilling liquids.
- n. A device that purifies or alters by a process comparable to distillation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An early chemical apparatus, consisting of two retorts connected by a tube, used to purify substances by distillation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An apparatus formerly used in distillation, usually made of glass or metal. It has mostly given place to the retort and worm still.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel formerly used in chemistry for distillation, and usually made of glass or copper.
- n. Hence Anything which works a change or transformation: as, the alembic of sorrow.
- To distil as by an alembic; obtain as by means of an alembic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an obsolete kind of container used for distillation; two retorts connected by a tube
Middle English alambic, from Old French, from Medieval Latin alembicus, from Arabic al-'anbīq : al-, the + 'anbīq, still (from Greek ambix, cup).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French alambic, from mediæval Latin alembicus, from Arabic إنْبِيق (’inbīq, "still"), from Ancient Greek ἄμβιξ (ambix, "cup, cap of a still"). (Wiktionary)