alkahest

noun

al·​ka·​hest ˈal-kə-ˌhest How to pronounce alkahest (audio)
: the universal solvent believed by alchemists to exist
alkahestic adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin alchahest

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alkahest was in 1651

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Cite this Entry

“Alkahest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alkahest. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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