azoths

azoth

[az-oth]
noun
1.
mercury, regarded by alchemists as the assumed first principle of all metals.
2.
the universal remedy of Paracelsus.

Origin:
1470–80;Arabic az zā'ūq the quicksilver

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azoth (ˈæzɒθ)
 
n
1.  the alchemical name for mercury, esp when regarded as the first principle of all metals
2.  the panacea postulated by Paracelsus
 
[from Arabic az-zā'ūq the mercury]

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