• WordNet 3.6
    • n alkahest hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alkahest The fabled “universal solvent” of the alchemists; a menstruum capable of dissolving all bodies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alkahest The pretended universal solvent or menstruum of the alchemists. Also spelled alcahest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alkahest al′ka-hest the universal solvent of the alchemists.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. alchahest, F. alcahest, a word that has an Arabic appearance, but was probably arbitrarily formed by Paracelsus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A coinage of Paracelsus—on Arabic analogies.


In literature:

These preparations now prevented Claes from thinking, for the time being, of the Alkahest.
"The Alkahest" by Honore de Balzac
Paracelsus, a bold empiric and wild Caballist, asserted that he had discovered it, and called it his 'Alkahest'.
"The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son" by The Earl of Chesterfield

In poetry:

An alkahest, that makes gold metal
Of dross, his mind is--where one petal
Of one wild-rose will all outweigh
The piled-up facts of everyday--
Where commonplaces, there that settle,
Are changed to things of heavenly ray.
"The Poet" by Madison Julius Cawein