- An early chemical apparatus, consisting of two retorts connected by a tube, used to purify substances by distillation
Translations: Etymology: From Old French (French alambic), from mediíval Latin alembicus, from Arabic (ARchar, ÙÙÙ, ÙÙÙÙÙ) "still", from Greek "cup", "cap of a still".
- 1973: We of all magical precipitates out of Europe"s groaning, clouded , we are the thinnest, the most dangerous, the handiest to secular uses " Thomas Pynchon, Gravity"s Rainbow
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