One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A container in which substances are heated in order to sublime them.
1Of a container, furnace, etc.: used in sublimation. Now historical and rare.
2Psychoanalysis. Of, relating to, or characterized by sublimation.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. From Middle French sublimatoire or its probable etymon post-classical Latin sublimatorium (although this is apparently first attested later: 1490 in a British source) from classical Latin sublīmāt-, past participial stem of sublīmāre + -ōrium<br>early 17th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin sublimatorius for, or, or relating to the chemical process of sublimation from classical Latin sublīmāt-, past participial stem of sublīmāre + -ōrius.
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