noun, plural al·che·mies for 2, 3.
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Origin of alchemy
OTHER WORDS FROM alchemyal·chem·ic [al-kem-ik] /ælˈkɛm ɪk/, al·chem·i·cal, al·che·mis·tic [al-kuh-mis-tik] /ˌæl kəˈmɪs tɪk/, al·che·mis·ti·cal, adjectiveal·chem·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for alchemical
Alchemical songs that achieve pop universality through personal specificity.Remembering Weezer’s ‘The Blue Album,’ A Garage Rock Classic, on Its 20th Anniversary|Andrew Romano|May 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Garden of Cyrus, with its arcane explorations of botany and geometry, may as well be an alchemical treatise or a grimoire.Halloween Read: Thomas Browne’s Eerie Premonition of His Burial|Stefan Beck|October 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Here he met the apothecary George Starkey, and in his presence performed the alchemical feat of making gold (p. 179).Poems of Henry Vaughan, Silurist, Volume II|Henry Vaughan
Alchemical books abound in quotations from the writings of Geber.
These thoughts went so far as to connect the new marvel with alchemical wonder tales.
Similarly the alchemical Elements and Principles were useful class-marks.
A lute lay beside him on the floor, and there were several astrological and alchemical implements within reach.Windsor Castle|William Harrison Ainsworth
British Dictionary definitions for alchemical
noun plural -mies
Derived forms of alchemyalchemic (ælˈkɛmɪk), alchemical or alchemistic, adjective
Word Origin for alchemy
Scientific definitions for alchemical
A Closer Look
Because their goals were so unrealistic, and because they had so little success in achieving them, the practitioners of alchemy in the Middle Ages got a reputation as fakers and con artists. But this reputation is not fully deserved. While they never succeeded in turning lead into gold (one of their main goals), they did make discoveries that helped to shape modern chemistry. Alchemists invented early forms of some of the laboratory equipment used today, including beakers, crucibles, filters, and stirring rods. They also discovered and purified a number of chemical elements, including mercury, sulfur, and arsenic. And the methods they developed to separate mixtures and purify compounds by distillation and extraction are still important.
Cultural definitions for alchemical
A science (no longer practiced) that sought to transform one chemical element into another through a combination of magic and primitive chemistry. Alchemy is considered to be the ancestor of modern chemistry.