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Friday, November 12, 2010

Definitions for alchemical

  1. Pertaining to the transformation of something common, usually of little value, into a substance of great worth.
  2. Relating to a form of chemistry and speculative philosophy practiced in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance concerned principally with discovering methods for transmuting baser metals into gold.

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Citations for alchemical
As the book reaches a crescendo, their three stories achieve an alchemical harmony, reminding us that each individual has the spirit to contend with tyranny, apathy, and the brutal circularity of history. Andrew Ervin, Extraordinary Renditions
Mom and Bachelor Number Three, Charlotte and Burke, James and Charles, Josh and Ruth - we haven't been here all together for a long time, and the collective presence of my family has an alchemical effect on the familiar rooms. Darcy Cosper, Wedding Season
Origin of alchemical
Alchemical is the adjectival form of alchemy, which derives from the Arabic al-kimiya and the Ancient Greek khemeioa. Both roughly translate as "to pour the juices," a figurative description of the goal of alchemy to transmute the essence of one substance into another.