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Monday, October 06, 2014

Definitions for azoth

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

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Citations for azoth
As he had suspected, it was an azoth. He whistled on a small footlight he had noticed earlier, holding the azoth low enough to keep the driver from seeing it, should he look over his shoulder. Gene Wolfe, Litany of the Long Sun, 2000
I will create the red rose, the Azoth, the elixir of life—the Philosopher’s Stone. Beatrice Colin, Disappearing Act, 2002
Origin of azoth
1470-1480
Azoth is derived from the Arabic word az zā'ūq which meant quicksilver or mercury.