alchemy NOUN 1) the medieval forerunner of chemistry, concerned particularly with attempts to convert common metals into gold or to find a universal elixir. 2) a mysterious or paradoxical process.
DERIVATIVES alchemical adjective alchemist noun alchemize (also alchemise) verb.
ORIGIN from an Arabic word based on Greek khmia, khmeia 'art of transmuting metals' .

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