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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alkahest  \Al"ka*hest\,  n.  [LL.  alchahest  F.  alcahest,  a  word 
  that  has  an  Arabic  appearance,  but  was  probably  arbitrarily 
  formed  by  Paracelsus.] 
  The  fabled  ``universal  solvent''  of  the  alchemists;  a 
  menstruum  capable  of  dissolving  all  bodies.  -- 
  {Al`ka*hes"tic},  a. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  alkahest 
  n  :  hypothetical  universal  solvent  once  sought  by  alchemists 
  [syn:  {alcahest},  {universal  solvent}] 




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