Definition of alchemy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈælkəmi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈælkəmi//
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  1. 1a form of chemistry studied in the Middle Ages which involved trying to discover how to change ordinary metals into gold
  2. 2(literary) a mysterious power or magic that can change things
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French and medieval Latin from Arabic al-kīmiyā', from al ‘the’ + kīmiyā' (from Greek khēmia, khēmeia ‘art of transmuting metals’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: alchemy