elixir

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See also: elixír, élixir, and elíxir

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin elixir, from Arabic اَلْإِكْسِير(al-ʾiksīr), from Ancient Greek ξηρίον (xēríon, medicinal powder), from ξηρός (xērós, dry).

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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. (alchemy) A substance or liquid which is believed to cure all ills and give eternal life.
  3. (by extension) The alleged cure for all ailments; cure-all, panacea.
    • 2015, The Boston Globe, Steven Pinker, The moral imperative for bioethics:
      The silver-bullet cancer cures of yesterday’s newsmagazine covers, like interferon and angiogenesis inhibitors, disappointed the breathless expectations, as have elixirs such as antioxidants, Vioxx, and hormone replacement therapy.
  4. (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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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin elixir, from Arabic اَلْإِكْسِير(al-ʾiksīr), from Ancient Greek ξηρίον (xēríon, medicinal powder), from ξηρός (xērós, dry)

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  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: elixir

Noun[edit]

elixir n (plural elixirs, diminutive elixirtje n)

  1. elixir

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Galician[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Latin eligo. Doublet of esleer.

Compare Portuguese eleger and Spanish elegir.

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Verb[edit]

elixir (first-person singular present elixo, first-person singular preterite elixín, past participle elixido)

  1. to choose, elect
    • 1418, Á. Rodríguez González (ed.), Libro do Concello de Santiago (1416-1422). Santiago de Compostela: Consello da Cultura Galega, page 85:
      para que dos ditos dose omes o dito señor arçobispo o a quel que seu poder para elo touvese tomase et eligise dous deles que os lle aprovuese et os dese por alcalles enna dita çidade en quel anno
      so that of that twelve men said lord archbishop, or anyone who his power has at the momment, takes and chooses two of them, and that he approves and gives them as mayors of said city for that year
    Synonym: escoller
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Medieval Latin elixir, from Arabic اَلْإِكْسِير(al-ʾiksīr), from Ancient Greek ξηρίον (xēríon, medicinal powder), from ξηρός (xērós, dry).

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Noun[edit]

elixir m (plural elixires)

  1. elixir

References[edit]

  • eligir” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • elig” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
  • elexir” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • elixir” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • elixir” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

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

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

elixir m (plural elixires)

  1. Alternative spelling of elíxir