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retort

Pronunciation: re-tort'

Definition:

  1. A flasklike vessel with a long neck passing outward, once used in distilling.
  2. A small furnace.

[Mediev. L. retorta, fem. pp. of retorqueo, pp. -tortus, to twist or bend back]

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