alkahestical

alkahest

[al-kuh-hest]
noun
the universal solvent sought by the alchemists.
Also, alcahest.


Origin:
1635–45; < late Medieval Latin alchahest; probably coinage of Paracelsus

alkahestic, alkahestical, adjective
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alkahest or alcahest (ˈælkəˌhɛst)
 
n
the hypothetical universal solvent sought by alchemists
 
[C17: apparently coined by Paracelsus on the model of Arabic words]
 
alcahest or alcahest
 
n
 
[C17: apparently coined by Paracelsus on the model of Arabic words]

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alkahest
"universal solvent sought by alchemists," 1640s, from Fr. alcahest, from M.L. alcahest, a pseudo-Arabic word coined by Paracelsus (see alchemy).
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