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Alkahest   /ˈælkəhˌɛst/   Listen

Hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists.  Synonyms: alcahest, universal solvent.

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"Alkahest" Quotes from Famous Books

... to all outward appearance as poor and miserable as before. 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. In the year 1257, he bought by chance an old book for two florins, which soon became his sole study. It was written with a steel instrument upon the bark of trees, and contained twenty-one, or as he himself always expressed it, three times seven, leaves. The writing was very ...
— Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds • Charles Mackay

Words linked to "Alkahest" :   dissolvent, dissolving agent, resolvent, solvent, alcahest, alkahestic, dissolver, universal solvent

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