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[al-kuh-mist] /ˈæl kə mɪst/
a person who is versed in or practices alchemy.
Origin of alchemist
1350-1400; Middle English alkamist; probably < Medieval Latin alchymista, equivalent to alchym(ia) alchemy + -ista -ist

Alchemist, The

a comedy (1610) by Ben Jonson. Unabridged
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  • The alchemist, hearing of the royal intention, again determined to fly.

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  • The alchemist acted on the hint, and began his experiments, working night and day.

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  • He was not exactly an alchemist; he was an astrologer, and there are the ruins of his tower in the park.

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  • "You must take me there," said Paul, smiling good-humoredly at the reference to the alchemist.

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  • She was more than a merely good cook; she was an alchemist in food stuffs.

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  • Somewhere he has seen a picture of an alchemist not unlike this.

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British Dictionary definitions for alchemist


a person who practises alchemy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for alchemist

1510s, from Middle French alquemiste, from Medieval Latin alchimista (see alchemy). Earlier forms were alchemister (late 14c.), alkanamyer (late 15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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