Origin: OF. Alkemie, arquemie, F. Alchimie, Ar. Al-kimia, 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. Geotan, to pour, and so to E. Fuse.
(04 Mar 1998)
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