Definitions for azothˈæz ɒθ
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mercury, regarded by alchemists as the assumed first principle of all metals.
the universal remedy of Paracelsus.
Origin of azoth:
1470–80; 蠐 Ar az zā'ūq the quicksilver
The first principle of metals, that is, mercury, which was formerly supposed to exist in all metals, and to be extractable from them.
The universal remedy of Paracelsus.
Origin: From الزوق, from زاووق.
the first principle of metals, i. e., mercury, which was formerly supposed to exist in all metals, and to be extractable from them
the universal remedy of Paracelsus
Azoth was considered to be a universal medicine or universal solvent sought in alchemy. Its symbol was the Caduceus and so the term, which being originally a term for an occult formula sought by alchemists much like the philosopher's stone, became a poetic word for the element mercury, the name being originally derived from Arabic al-zā'ūq "the mercury".
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