ELIXIR

elixir

(noun) a substance believed to cure all ills

elixir

(noun) 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

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

elixir (plural elixirs)

(alchemy) A liquid which converts lead to gold.

(alchemy) A substance or liquid which is believed to cure all ills and give eternal life.

(by extension) The alleged cure for all ailments; cure-all, panacea.

(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.

Source: Wiktionary


E*lix"ir, n. Etym: [F. élixir, Sp. elixir, Ar. eliksir the philosopher's stone, prob. from Gr. ksha to burn.]

1. (Med.)

Definition: A tincture with more than one base; a compound tincture or medicine, composed of various substances, held in solution by alcohol in some form.

2. (Alchemy)

Definition: An imaginary liquor capable of transmuting metals into gold; also, one for producing life indefinitely; as, elixir vitæ, or the elixir of life.

3. The refined spirit; the quintessence. The . . . elixir of worldly delights. South.

4. Any cordial or substance which invigorates. The grand elixir, to support the spirits of human nature. Addison.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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