from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists.
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- n. the universal solvent sought by the alchemists
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The fabled “universal solvent” of the alchemists; a menstruum capable of dissolving all bodies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The pretended universal solvent or menstruum of the alchemists. Also spelled alcahest.
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- n. hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists
Medieval Latin alchahest, first used by Paracelsus (1493-1541), and said to have been coined by him in imitation of Arabic words.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably coined by Paracelsus, as pseudo-Arabic. (Wiktionary)