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
February 24th, 2005 at 12:07 pm alkahest, when I read your quote: “despite having armpit-length hair”, my first thought was “huh? armpit hair is short…”
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Nor shall I expatiate on the alkahest of that mad scoundrel, Paracelsus, with which he pretended to reduce flints into salt; nor archaeus or spiritus rector of that visionary Van Helmont, his simple, elementary water, his gas, ferments, and transmutations; nor shall
We have discovered the political alkahest or universal solvent of the alchemists, and with it we reduce at once the national characteristics of foreigners into our well-known American compound.
Satisfied with this announcement of the discovery of the philosopher's stone, I now inquired about the sublime alkahest or universal solvent, and whether he had succeeded in deciphering the enigmatical descriptions of the ancient writers on that most curious topic.
She must bring down the spirit of the sun and blend it with her own -- for wheat partakes of the _alkahest_.
This, with tree-planting and culture, would double, for the soil seemed to contain the miraculous properties of _alkahest_.
He discoursed learnedly upon projections, cimentations, sublimations, the elixir of life, and the universal alkahest; and on the death of Delisle gave out that the secret of that great adept had been communicated to him, and to him only.
He avowed his belief in the philosopher's stone, the water of life, and the universal alkahest; and maintained that there were but two principles of all things, -- which were, condensation, the boreal or northern virtue; and rarefaction, the southern or austral virtue.
In the course of a few years, he became desperately addicted to the study of alchymy, and thought of nothing but the philosopher's stone, the elixir of life, and the universal alkahest.