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Topic: FOLKLORE

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: Arabic al-iksir 'the elixir', probably from Greek xerion 'powder for drying wounds', from xeros 'dry'

elixir

noun
     
e‧lix‧ir
1 [countable] literaryRF a magical liquid that is supposed to cure people of illness, make them younger etc:
the search for the elixir of life
2 [countable] something that is supposed to solve problems as if by magic:
The current new wave of technology should prove an economic elixir.
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