- the universal solvent sought by the alchemists.
Origin of alkahest
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It was the only moment for sixteen long years when Balthazar forgot the Alkahest.
The idea of the Alkahest had swept like a conflagration through the building.
Alkahest, Alcahest, al′ka-hest, n. the universal solvent of the alchemists.
She must bring down the spirit of the sun and blend it with her own—for wheat partakes of the alkahest.Child and Country
Will Levington Comfort
Paracelsus, a bold empiric and wild Caballist, asserted that he had discovered it, and called it his 'Alkahest'.The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son
The Earl of Chesterfield
- the hypothetical universal solvent sought by alchemists
Word Origin for alkahest
"universal solvent sought by alchemists," 1640s, from French alcahest, from Medieval Latin alcahest, a pseudo-Arabic word coined by Paracelsus (see alchemy).