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Geber

[jee-ber] /ˈdʒi bər/
noun
1.
(Jabir ibn Hayyan) 8th-century a.d, Arab alchemist.
Also, Jabir.
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  • On the strength of these works, Geber has ranked high as a chemist.

    Alchemy: Ancient and Modern H. Stanley Redgrove
  • The first certain mention of saltpetre (sal petrae) is in Geber.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • Whether gibber comes from Geber, as Dr Johnson contends, must remain in doubt.

  • For every private thing by its proper humidity doth perform nothing but vitrificatory fusion, saith Geber.

  • Which Geber knew very well: the compleat calcination of Sol, is most difficult: He renders the causes thereof.

  • The term antimonium seems to have been first used in Latin editions of Geber published in the latter part of the 15th Century.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • The first mention is in the work attributed to Geber, as stated above, of date prior to the 14th Century.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • It would not be surprising to find all the Alchemists subsequent to Geber mentioning acids.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • The word Baurach occurs in Geber and the other early Alchemistic writings, but there is nothing to prove that it was modern borax.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • Geber was until recent years considered to be an Arab alchemist of a period somewhere between the 7th and 12th centuries.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
British Dictionary definitions for Geber

Geber

/ˈdʒiːbə/
noun
1.
Latinized form of Jabir, assumed in honour of Jabir ibn Hayyan by a 14th-century alchemist, probably Spanish: he described the preparation of nitric and sulphuric acids
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