Thursday, November 1, 2012

alchemical doodles

al·che·my  (lk-m)
n.
1. A medieval chemical philosophy having as its asserted aims the transmutation of base metals into gold, the discovery of the panacea, and the preparation of the elixir of longevity.
2. A seemingly magical power or process of transmuting: "He wondered by what alchemy it was changed, so that what sickened him one hour, maddened him with hunger the next" (Marjorie K. Rawlings).

[Middle English alkamie, from Old French alquemie, from Medieval Latin alchymia, from Arabic al-kmiy' : al-the + kmiy'chemistry (from Late Greek khmeia, khumeia, perhaps from Greek KhmiaEgypt).]

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