- An imaginary art which aimed to transmute the baser metals into gold, to find the panacea, or universal remedy for diseases, etc. It led the way to modern chemistry.
- A mixed metal composed mainly of brass, formerly used for various utensils; hence, a trumpet.(Obs)"Put to their mouths the sounding alchemy." [Milton.]
- Miraculous power of transmuting something common into something precious."Kissing with golden face the meadows green, Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy." [Shak.]
Etymology: OF. alkemie arquemie, F. alchimie, Ar. al-kīmīa, fr. late Gr. �, for �, a mingling, infusion, � juice, liquid, especially as extracted from plants, fr. � to pour; for chemistry was originally the art of extracting the juices from plants for medicinal purposes. Cf. Sp. alquimia, It. alchimia. Gr. � is prob. akin to L. fundere to pour, Goth. guitan, AS. geótan, to pour, and so to E. fuse. See Fuse, and cf. Chemistry