alembic

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Alembic \A*lem"bic\ ([.a]*l[e^]m"b[i^]k), noun [F. alambic (cf. Sp. alambique), Ar. al-anb[imac]q, fr. Gr. 'a'mbix cup, cap of a still. The cap or head was the alembic proper. Cf. {Limbec}.] An apparatus formerly used in distillation, usually made of glass or metal. It has mostly given place to the retort and worm still.

Note: Used also metaphorically.

The alembic of a great poet's imagination. --Brimley.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

alembic

noun

1: an obsolete kind of container used for distillation; two retorts connected by a tube

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)

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