alcahest

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n alcahest hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alcahest Same as Alkahest.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • alcahest etc. See alkahest, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Alcahest . See Alkahest.
    • n Alcahest the universal solvent of the alchemists.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A coinage of Paracelsus—on Arabic analogies.

Usage

In literature:

Alchemy furnishes the theme for one tale; the protagonist seeks an alcahest, a human victim for his crucible.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
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