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alkahest

[al-kuh-hest] /ˈæl kəˌhɛst/
noun
1.
the universal solvent sought by the alchemists.
Also, alcahest.
Origin
late Medieval Latin
1635-1645
1635-45; < late Medieval Latin alchahest; probably coinage of Paracelsus
Related forms
alkahestic, alkahestical, adjective
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alkahest

/ˈælkəˌhɛst/
noun
1.
the hypothetical universal solvent sought by alchemists
Word Origin
C17: apparently coined by Paracelsus on the model of Arabic words
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Word Origin and History for alkahest
n.

"universal solvent sought by alchemists," 1640s, from French alcahest, from Medieval Latin alcahest, a pseudo-Arabic word coined by Paracelsus (see alchemy).

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