Definition: Alchemy; (Pronounced: al-kuh-mee) Greek; noun
1. A form of chemistry and speculative philosophy practiced in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It concerned principally with discovering methods for transmuting baser metals into gold and finding a universal solvent and an 'elixir of life.'
2. Any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a substance of great value.
Why I love this word:
Alchemy is an influential tradition that has been claimed to be the precursor to profound powers. It is known for the creation of the legendary philosopher's stone; the ability to transform base metals into gold or silver; and of course as mentioned in the definition, the elixir of life, which grants you youth forever. This word isn't a practical word you'll use in everyday conversation as it relates to mythology and magic, but it's an interesting word to know.
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