noun Alchemy.
  1. a digester furnace with a self-feeding fuel supply contained in a towerlike contrivance, ensuring a constant, durable temperature.

Origin of athanor

1425–75; late Middle EnglishArabic at tannūr the furnace Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for athanor

Historical Examples of athanor

  • A, shows an athanor (or digesting furnace) and a couple of digesting vessels.

    Alchemy: Ancient and Modern

    H. Stanley Redgrove

  • The draught affects the furnace—my Athanor, as we adepts term it.


    W. Harrison Ainsworth

  • We know of the athanor of the alchemists of the middle ages.

    Inventions in the Century

    William Henry Doolittle

  • Or Athanor, a chemical stove, which works on for a long time without poking.

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)

    Jean Paul Friedrich Richter