Complete Definition of "elixir"

English

Etymology
From ML. term|elixir|langla, from Arab. term|scARchar|عكسير|العكسير|tral-‘iksīr|langar, from AGr. term|scpolytonic|ξήριον||medicinal powder|langgrc, from term|scpolytonic|ξηρός||dry|langgrc.

Pronunciation
IPA|/ɪˈlɪksə/

Noun
en-noun

  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.

  1. A liquid which is believed to cure all ills and gives eternal life.
  2. 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.

Translations
trans-top|alchemy: liquid which was believed to turn non-precious metals to gold
Finnish: eliksiiri
Hungarian: t|hu|elixír
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Russian: t|ru|эликсир|m|tr=eliksír
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trans-top|liquid which is believed to cure all ills
Finnish: eliksiiri
Hungarian: t|hu|elixír
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Russian: t|ru|эликсир|m|treliksír, t|ru|панацея|f|trpanacéja
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trans-top|pharmacy: sweet taste-masking liquid
Finnish: eliksiiri
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Russian: t|ru|эликсир|m|tr=eliksír
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ttbc|Arabic: ARchar|اكسير (’iksīr)
ttbc|Chinese: 長生不老藥, 长生不老药 (cháng shēng bù lǎo yào)
ttbc|Danish: eliksir
ttbc|French: élixir m
ttbc|German: Elixier n
ttbc|Greek: ελιξίριο (eliksírio) n
ttbc|Hebrew:
*סם פלא|סַם פֶּלֶא
*מרפא פלא|מַרְפֵּא פֶּלֶא
ttbc|Italian: elisir m
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ttbc|Japanese: エリクシル (erikushiru)
ttbc|Korean: 연금술의 영액 (yeon-geumsul-ui yeong-aek)
ttbc|Latin: elixir m
ttbc|Persian: FAchar|اکسیر (eksīr)
ttbc|Portuguese: elixir m
ttbc|Scottish Gaelic: brìgh f, ìocshlaint f
ttbc|Slovak: elixír m
ttbc|Spanish: elixir m
ttbc|Swedish: elixir n
ttbc|Turkish: iksir
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Related terms
elixir of life

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