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  1. mercury, regarded by alchemists as the assumed first principle of all metals.
  2. the universal remedy of Paracelsus.
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Origin of azoth

1470–80;Arabic az zā'ūq the quicksilver
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Historical Examples of azoth

  • I write not Fables; with your hands you shall handle, and with, your eyes you shall see Azoth, viz.

    The Golden Calf, Which the World Adores, and Desires

    John Frederick Helvetius

  • The Azoth of Paracelsus, according to Mr. Browning, was simply the laudanum which he had discovered.

  • The alchemists by Azoth sometimes meant to express the creative principle of nature.

British Dictionary definitions for azoth


  1. the alchemical name for mercury, esp when regarded as the first principle of all metals
  2. the panacea postulated by Paracelsus
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Word Origin for azoth

from Arabic az-zā'ūq the mercury
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