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alkahest

or al·ca·hest

[ al-kuh-hest ]
/ ˈæl kəˌhɛst /
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noun

the universal solvent sought by the alchemists.

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Origin of alkahest

First recorded in 1635–45, alkahest is from the late Medieval Latin word alchahest; probably coinage of Paracelsus

OTHER WORDS FROM alkahest

al·ka·hes·tic, al·ka·hes·ti·cal, adjective
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alkahest

alcahest

/ (ˈælkəˌhɛst) /

noun

the hypothetical universal solvent sought by alchemists

Word Origin for alkahest

C17: apparently coined by Paracelsus on the model of Arabic words
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