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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Al"che*my
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  1. 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.
  2. A mixed metal composed mainly of brass, formerly used for various utensils; hence, a trumpet.(Obs)"Put to their mouths the sounding alchemy." [Milton.]
  3. 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

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  1. A pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times
  2. The way two individuals relate to each other ("a mysterious alchemy brought them together")
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From Old French alkimie, arquemie (French alchimie), from Medieval Latin alkimia, from Arabic اَلْكِيمِيَاء (al-kīmiyāʾ), اَل (al-, “the”) + from Ancient Greek χημεία (khēmeía) or χυμεία (khumeía) originally “a mingling, infusion, juice, liquid, as extracted from gold” and later “alchemy”, perhaps from Χημία (Khēmía, “black earth (ancient name for Egypt)”) and/or χυμός (khumós, “juice, sap”). (Compare Spanish alquimia and Italian alchimia).

  1. (uncountable) The ancient search for a universal panacea, and of the philosopher's stone, that eventually developed into chemistry.
  2. (countable) The causing of any sort of mysterious sudden transmutation.
  3. (computing, slang, countable) Any elaborate transformation process or algorithm.

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  • How many people with the first name Alchemy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 15 babies born with the first name Alchemy in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Alchemy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2011 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
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