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From Old French alkemie, arquemie (French alchimie) < Mediaeval Latin alkimia < Arabic الكيمياء (al-kīmiyā’) < Ancient Greek χημεία or χυμεία (chēmeia or chymeia) originally “a mingling, infusion, juice, liquid, especially as extracted from plants” and later “alchemy” < perhaps both Χημία (Chēmia), “‘black earth (ancient name for Egypt)’”) and χυμός (chymos), “‘juice, sap’”). (Compare Spanish alquimia and Italian alchimia).
- (obsolete, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Chemistry and in particular pharmaceutical chemistry (as practised in the Middle Ages); searching for a panacea.
- (uncountable) The speculative medieval philosophical art of changing objects from one element into another, principally (historically) attempting to turn lead and other base metals into gold; pseudo-science.
- (countable) The causing of any sort of mysterious sudden transmutation.
- (computing, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Any elaborate transformation process or algorithm.
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- “alchemy” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- "alchemy" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
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