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The hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists.

[Medieval Latin alchahest, first used by Paracelsus (1493-1541), and said to have been coined by him in imitation of Arabic words .]

al′ka·hes′tic adj.
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(ˈælkəˌhɛst) or


(Alchemy) the hypothetical universal solvent sought by alchemists
[C17: apparently coined by Paracelsus on the model of Arabic words]
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(ˈæl kəˌhɛst)

the universal solvent sought by the alchemists.
[1635–45; < New Latin alchahest; probably coinage of Paracelsus]
al`ka•hes′tic, al`ka•hes′ti•cal, adj.
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Noun1.alkahest - hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemistsalkahest - hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists
dissolvent, dissolver, dissolving agent, resolvent, solvent - a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances; "the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution"
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