from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In chem., a name given to one of a number of pearshaped glasses or earthen pots, used in sublimation, resembling somewhat the ancient alembic, and open at both ends so that they can be fitted together in a series.
- noun In modern times it has been applied almost exclusively to the thin earthen condensers used in the collection of mercury at the reduction-works at Almadén, Spain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Chem.) One of the pear-shaped pots open at both ends, and so formed as to be fitted together, the neck of one into the bottom of another in succession; -- used in the process of sublimation.
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- noun a pear-shaped
potwith an opening at each end, formerly used for sublimation.
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Here and there pieces of their quaint and uncouth shaped apparatus, the aludel, the alembic, and the alkaner, the pelican, the crucible, and the water-bath, occupy their respective stations.
"You ought to know, my son," he said, "that this subliming pot is called aludel.