meaning of alkahest

alkahest meaning in General Dictionary

The fabled ldquouniversal solventrdquo of this alchemists a menstruum capable of dissolving all systems

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  • hypothetical universal solvent once needed by alchemists
  • The fabled "universal solvent" associated with the alchemists; a menstruum with the capacity of dissolving all figures.

alkahest meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"universal solvent tried by alchemists," 1640s, from French alcahest, from Medieval Latin alcahest, a pseudo-Arabic term created by Paracelsus (see alchemy).


alkahest meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) The fabled "universal solvent" regarding the alchemists; a menstruum capable of dissolving all bodies.