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elixir


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Elixir  \E*lix"ir\,  n.  [F.  ['e]lixir,  Sp  elixir,  Ar  eliks[=i]r 
  the  philosopher's  stone,  prob.  from  Gr  ?  dry,  (hence 
  probably)  a  dry  powder;  cf  Skr.  ksh[=a]  to  burn.] 
  1.  (Med.)  A  tincture  with  more  than  one  base;  a  compound 
  tincture  or  medicine,  composed  of  various  substances,  held 
  in  solution  by  alcohol  in  some  form 
 
  2.  (Alchemy)  An  imaginary  liquor  capable  of  transmuting 
  metals  into  gold;  also  one  for  producing  life 
  indefinitely;  as  elixir  vit[ae],  or  the  elixir  of  life. 
 
  3.  The  refined  spirit;  the  quintessence. 
 
  The  .  .  .  elixir  of  worldly  delights.  --South. 
 
  4.  Any  cordial  or  substance  which  invigorates. 
 
  The  grand  elixir,  to  support  the  spirits  of  human 
  nature.  --Addison. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  elixir 
  n  :  a  substance  believed  to  cure  all  ills 




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