Definition Of alkahest

noun

the hypothetical universal solvent sought by alchemists.

The philosopher's stone, the alcahest and the elixir were names of one and the same thing, and were supposed to accomplish an identical operation.

Example Of alkahest

  • A paradox involving alkahest is that, if it dissolves everything, then it cannot be placed into a container, because it would dissolve the container.

  • Alizarin is an orange or red crystalline compound and alkahest is the universal solvent believed by alchemists to exist.

  • The philosopher's stone, the alcahest and the elixir were names of one and the same thing, and were supposed to accomplish an identical operation.

  • They called that unknown liquid the alkahest . Alkahest was a word made up by the sixteenth-century alchemist Paracelsus.