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athanor

[ath-uh-nawr] /ˈæθ əˌnɔr/
noun, Alchemy.
1.
a digester furnace with a self-feeding fuel supply contained in a towerlike contrivance, ensuring a constant, durable temperature.
Origin of athanor
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle EnglishArabic at tannūr the furnace
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  • A, shows an athanor (or digesting furnace) and a couple of digesting vessels.

    Alchemy: Ancient and Modern H. Stanley Redgrove
  • The draught affects the furnace—my athanor, as we adepts term it.

    Auriol W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • We know of the athanor of the alchemists of the middle ages.

    Inventions in the Century William Henry Doolittle
  • Or athanor, a chemical stove, which works on for a long time without poking.

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2) Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

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