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Word of the Day: Elixer

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Word of the Day from Merriam Webster Dictionary, Jan 10, 2020

elixer: noun

Definition:
1: a substance held to be capable of changing base metals into gold
a substance held to be capable of prolonging life indefinitely
cure-all
a medical concoction

2: a sweetened liquid usually containing alcohol that is used in medication either for it's medicinal ingredients or as a flavouring

3: the essential principal



Did You Know?
Elixir has roots in the practice of alchemy; it was used in the Middle Ages as the word for a substance believed to be capable of changing base metals into gold. Its later use for a drug purported to prolong one's life led to its use in the names of medicines of mostly questionable effectiveness. Today, it is often used generally for anything thought capable of remedying all ills or difficulties, be they physical or otherwise. The word came to us via Middle English and Medieval Latin from Arabic al-iksīr; it probably ultimately derives from Greek xērion, meaning "desiccative powder."

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