Pronounced: KRAP-yuh-luhs, adj

Notes: Not what one might think

Yesterday’s word

The word alembic means

  • an apparatus formerly used in distilling
  • something that refines, purifies, or transforms
First usage

This word came into English in the early7 1400s

Background / Comments

I cannot recall ever hearing or reading of a still called an alembic, but the word has made quite a journey into English. It came to us from Old French, and it came there from the Latin word alembicus, which comes the the Arabic word al-anbiq (the still), which itself came from the Greek word ambix (cup).

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