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alchemist

[al-kuh-mist] /ˈæl kə mɪst/
noun
1.
a person who is versed in or practices alchemy.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English alkamist; probably < Medieval Latin alchymista, equivalent to alchym(ia) alchemy + -ista -ist

Alchemist, The

noun
1.
a comedy (1610) by Ben Jonson.
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  • By the ancient alchemists, gold represented the sun, and silver the moon.
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  • alchemists were familiar with laws which scientists have recently rediscovered.
  • The word evokes quaint images of cabinetmakers or alchemists teaching eager youths the secrets of their trade.
  • Indeed, a fair number of the heroes of the scientific revolution were dyed-in-the-wool alchemists.
British Dictionary definitions for alchemists

alchemist

/ˈælkəmɪst/
noun
1.
a person who practises alchemy
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Word Origin and History for alchemists

alchemist

n.

1510s, from Middle French alquemiste, from Medieval Latin alchimista (see alchemy). Earlier forms were alchemister (late 14c.), alkanamyer (late 15c.).

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