limbeck

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limbeck (plural limbecks)

  1. (obsolete) An alembic.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, II.i.1:
      [] some of our modern chemists by their strange limbecks, by their spells, philosopher's stones and charms.