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From modern Latin spagirista, from spagiricus (alchemy) (probably invented by Paracelsus).


spagyrist (plural spagyrists)

  1. (alchemy) An alchemist, especially one who tried to discover remedies for diseases.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 1192:
      Back when I was still a junior alchemist, passing through What Cheer, Iowa, met up with this old-school spagyrist name of Doddling, who showed me how to get silver to grow just like a tree.
    • 1994, Umberto Eco, The Island of the Day Before, Harcourt Brace 1995, p. 21:
      The Carmelite enjoyed the general amazement, and he told father and son how the secret of this substance had been revealed to him by an Arab; it was medicine far more powerful than the one Christian spagyrists called unguentum armarium.

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