The Alternative English Dictionary: alchemy

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alchemy {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French alkimie, arquemie (French alchimie), from Malayalam alkimia, from Arabic كيمياء 〈kymyạʾ〉, ال 〈ạl〉 + from Ancient Greek χημεία 〈chēmeía〉 or χυμεία 〈chymeía〉 originally “a mingling, infusion, juice, liquid, as extracted from gold” and later “alchemy”, perhaps from Χημία 〈Chēmía〉 and/or χυμός 〈chymós〉. (Compare Spanish alquimia and Italian alchimia). pronunciation
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  1. (uncountable) The ancient search for a universal panacea, and of the philosopher's stone, that eventually developed into chemistry.
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  2. (countable) The causing of any sort of mysterious sudden transmutation.
  3. (computing, slang, countable) Any elaborate transformation process or algorithm.

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