- An ancient chemical still consisting of two vessels connected by a tube, used for distillation.
- A device or apparatus used for distillation.
Late latin alembicum, from arabic al-anbiq 'still', from greek ambix 'cup, beaker'.
- The alchemist used an alembic to turn lead into gold.
- The alembic was heated until the liquid began to boil.
- The alembic was a crucial tool for the distillation of essential oils.
- The alembic's design allowed for the separation of the liquid from its impurities.
- The alembic was an important instrument in the history of chemistry.