- a vessel with a beaked cap or head, formerly used in distilling.
- anything that transforms, purifies, or refines.
- an obsolete type of retort used for distillation
- anything that distils or purifies
late 14c., from Middle French alambic (13c.), via Old Spanish, from Arabic al-anbiq “distilling flask,” from Greek ambix “cup,” of unknown, possibly Semitic, origin. Often spelled limbeck 15c.-17c.