1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1
borrowed from Medieval Latin chimicus, chymicus "alchemical," short for alchymicus, alkymicus, from alchymia, alkimia alchemy + -icus -ic entry 1
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.
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“Chemic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chemic. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.
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