alkahest

noun
al·​ka·​hest | \ ˈal-kə-ˌhest How to pronounce alkahest (audio) \

Definition of alkahest

: the universal solvent believed by alchemists to exist

Other Words from alkahest

alkahestic \ ˌal-​kə-​ˈhe-​stik How to pronounce alkahest (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of alkahest

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alkahest

New Latin alchahest

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about alkahest

Time Traveler for alkahest

Time Traveler

The first known use of alkahest was in 1651

See more words from the same year

Statistics for alkahest

Cite this Entry

“Alkahest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alkahest. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on alkahest

What made you want to look up alkahest? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!