What does the word alembic mean?

Usage examples for alembic

  1. The baldest of Shaker prose turned to purest poetry when Susanna dipped it in the alembic of her own imagination. – Susanna and Sue by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  2. I submit, therefore, with the brevity, and I hope also the simplicity, that should characterize the historic style, the essence of the matter as it has dropped from my alembic. – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake