elixir

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See also: elixír and élixir

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin elixir, from Arabic الإكسير (al-’iksīr), from Ancient Greek ξήριον (ksērion, medicinal powder), from ξηρός (ksēros, dry).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

elixir (plural elixirs)

  1. (alchemy) A liquid which converts lead to gold.
    • 2002, Philip Ball, The Elements: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2004, p. 59:
      For Chinese alchemists, gold held the key to the Elixir, the Eastern equivalent of the Philosopher's Stone.
  2. A liquid which is believed to cure all ills and gives eternal life.
  3. (pharmacy) A sweet flavored liquid (usually containing a small amount of alcohol) used in compounding medicines to be taken by mouth in order to mask an unpleasant taste.

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Asturian[edit]

Verb[edit]

elixir

  1. to choose
  2. to elect

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

elixir m (plural elixires)

  1. (alchemy) elixir (liquid which was believed to turn non-precious metals to gold)
  2. (fiction) a magical potion