Alchemy

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The Websters English Dictionary defines alchemy as such:

alchemy

Main Entry:
al·che·my Listen to the pronunciation of alchemy
Pronunciation:
ˈal-kə-mē
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English alkamie, alquemie, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French alkimie, from Medieval Latin alchymia, from Arabic al-kīmiyā’, from al the + kīmiyā’ alchemy, from Late Greek chēmeia
Date:
14th century
1 : a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life
2 : a power or process of transforming something common into something special
3 : an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting
I especially like the idea of transmuting.
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