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Friday, May 18, 2018

Definitions for spagyric

  1. pertaining to or resembling alchemy; alchemic.

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Citations for spagyric
He saw the true gold into which the beggarly matter of existence may be transmuted by spagyric art; a succession of delicious moments, all the rare flavours of life concentrated, purged of their lees, and preserved in a beautiful vessel. Arthur Machen, The Hill of Dreams, 1907
I fear that many a practitioner of the spagyric art has perished handling it without due respect. Jacqueline Carey, Miranda and Caliban, 2017
Origin of spagyric
The rare adjective spagyric comes from New Latin spagiricus “alchemical; alchemy; an alchemist” and was first used and probably coined by the Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus (c1493–1541). There is no trustworthy etymology for the word. Spagyric entered English in the late 16th century.