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alchemy

A pseudoscience of the Middle Ages, which attempted to use primitive lab methods to understand laws of nature and the universe. Some of the methods and glassware alchemists created are still used in some form. Most alchemists tried to turn heavy metal into gold.
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The difference is a result of the barramundi's alchemic ability, stemming from its living in fresh and salt waters, to chemically elongate ingested short-chain fatty acids.
Even Nepal's Lok Chitrakar's deceptively simple Kamala (Lotus, 2012) bear an alchemic dark side, the silver degrading into darkness with each passing hour.
Burned during purification rites and added to meats as a central feature of Germanic cuisines, this coniferous plant featured prominently in alchemic and medicinal processes.
For Ulrich Beck in particular, this ideological grid is also the primary conduit for the second modernity and its alchemic social compound of negative and unintended consequences.
The smooth nutty flavor of the goat cheese is offset by the tangy sweetness of cranberries, and the combination of these flavors is downright alchemic. (alchemybycarlahall.com)
Whatever that extra alchemic factor is has been fully captured here.
This legendary alchemic stone was thought to have been carried out of Eden by Eve.
The suggestion that you "have to leave things to chance on the belief that it will come good in some crazy alchemic way" does nothing to ease my dis- quiet.
As she speaks about their story you can see signs of the alchemic process that turned pain and suffering into action.
Such a concept of imitation can be considered closer to Coleridge's "alchemic" mimesis than to Sidney's "speaking picture" (102) in that it "consists...
Due to all this, the Government and its propaganda machinery have a big alchemic challenge to turn the difficult qualifications into golden recommendations.
His agility was the alchemic product of his childhood athletics in Nigeria: his quickness from playing handball, his footwork from years of soccer.