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noun as in medieval chemistry

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Their work revealed the strange alchemy at work inside the nucleus of an atom.

Pleasantly chewy, it melts easily on the tongue, a seemingly magical alchemy of sugar and protein.

There are so many scenes — Majella sitting in her late grandmother’s farmhouse, having sex in the storeroom or recalling a batch of drowned kittens — that feel like literary alchemy.

Cheesemaking, mankind’s long-­running alchemy of controlled rot, involves transforming perishable milk into something exponentially more complex, long-lasting, and valuable.

The result should be an earnest historical novel about the brutal struggle for fair wages, but through the alchemy of Walter’s voice, “The Cold Millions” is a work of irresistible characters, harrowing adventures and rip-roaring fun.

We remain constantly curious about what great designers will turn out from their capricious artistic alchemy.

There is a sort of alchemy of the masala in some ways, and that journey is parallel to the emotional journey he takes.

He is also a successful author whose 2005 debut The Alchemy of Desire was published to wide acclaim.

Sarah Norris on the alchemy of being young and literary and finding your way in New York.

What will be the alchemy of Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, and Ellen DeGeneres this season?

But a doctor Faustus, in his cell littered with books and instruments of alchemy, would love always to have a cat for a companion.

It is for them to protect themselves from death,—the whole purpose of alchemy lies there, sire.

Among his minor works occurs a treatise on alchemy, which seems to show that he was a devout believer in the science.

But, like so many master-minds of the Middle Ages, he was unable wholly to resist the fascinations of alchemy and astrology.

The earlier alchemists knew nothing of its theosophic doctrines; and the earlier Rosicrucians did not dabble in alchemy.


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On this page you'll find 18 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to alchemy, such as: hermeticism, hermetics, theurgy, transmutation, magic, and mysticism.

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