- the universal solvent sought by the alchemists.
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Alkahest, Alcahest, al′ka-hest, n. the universal solvent of the alchemists.
The alcahest was his celebrated universal medicine, and was considered the greatest mystery of all.
It was then placed in a dish and set on fire, and the residue that remained was the alcahest.
Alchemy furnishes the theme for one tale; the protagonist seeks an alcahest, a human victim for his crucible.The Merry-Go-Round
Carl Van Vechten
- a variant spelling of alkahest
- the hypothetical universal solvent sought by alchemists
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Word Origin and History for alcahest
"universal solvent sought by alchemists," 1640s, from French alcahest, from Medieval Latin alcahest, a pseudo-Arabic word coined by Paracelsus (see alchemy).