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elixir

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noun elix·ir \i-ˈlik-sər\

Simple Definition of elixir

  • : a magical liquid that can cure illness or extend life

Full Definition of elixir

  1. 1 a (1) :  a substance held capable of changing base metals into gold (2) :  a substance held capable of prolonging life indefinitely b (1) :  cure-all (2) :  a medicinal concoction

  2. 2 :  a sweetened liquid usually containing alcohol that is used in medication either for its medicinal ingredients or as a flavoring

  3. 3 :  the essential principle

Examples of elixir

  1. <warned that casino gambling would not be an elixir for all of the region's economic woes>



Origin of elixir

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al-iksīr the elixir, from al the + iksīr elixir, probably from Greek xērion desiccative powder, from xēros dry


First Known Use: 14th century


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elixir

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noun elix·ir \i-ˈlik-sər\

Medical Definition of elixir

  1. :  a sweetened liquid usually containing alcohol that is used in medication either for its medicinal ingredients or as a flavoring





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