chem·​ic ˈke-mik How to pronounce chemic (audio)
archaic : alchemic

Word History


borrowed from Medieval Latin chimicus, chymicus "alchemical," short for alchymicus, alkymicus, from alchymia, alkimia alchemy + -icus -ic entry 1

Note: As with other words that ultimately descend from alchemy, the e has been restored in spelling after Late Greek chēmeîa. Compare chemist, chemistry, and see the note at chemist.

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of chemic was in 1576

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Cite this Entry

“Chemic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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