alcahest

NOUN
  1. hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists
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How To Use alcahest In A Sentence

  • Alchemy furnishes the theme for one tale; the protagonist seeks an alcahest, a human victim for his crucible. The Merry-Go-Round
  • Can it be," with a side-glance at the newcomer, "that we have lost our -- I may not call him our quintessence or alcahest -- rather shall I say our baser ore, that at the virgin touch of our philosophical stone blushed into ruddy gold? The Long Night
  • The philosopher's stone, the alcahest and the elixir were names of one and the same thing, and were supposed to accomplish an identical operation.
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