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Topic: CHEMISTRY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: alquemie, from Medieval Latin alchymia, from Arabic al-kimiya 'the alchemy', from Late Greek chemeia; CHEMOTHERAPY

alchemy

noun
     
al‧che‧my [uncountable]
1HC a science studied in the Middle Ages, that involved trying to change ordinary metals into gold
2 literary magic
alchemist noun [countable]
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