A magical elixir.
An example of an elixir is a potion made in medieval times believed to make a person live forever.
- a substance sought by medieval alchemists because it was thought to have the power to change base metals into gold or (in full elixir of life) to prolong life indefinitely
- Rare the quintessence; underlying principle
- a supposed remedy for all ailments; panacea
- a sweetened, aromatic solution used as a vehicle for a medicine or alcohol, or as a nonmedicated flavoring
- a medication containing such a solution: a cough elixir
Origin of elixirMiddle English ; from Medieval Latin ; from Arabic al-iks?r ; from al, the + iks?r, philosopher's stone, probably ; from Classical Greek x?rion, powder for drying wounds ; from x?ros, dry: see xero-
- A sweetened aromatic solution of alcohol and water, serving as a vehicle for medicine.
- a. See philosophers' stone.b. A substance believed to maintain life indefinitely. Also called elixir of life.c. A substance or medicine believed to have the power to cure all ills.
- An underlying principle.
Origin of elixirMiddle English, a substance of transmutative properties, from Old French elissir, from Medieval Latin elixir, from Arabic al-’iksīr : al, the + ’iksīr, elixir (probably from Greek xērion, desiccative powder, from xēros, dry).
From Medieval Latin elixir, from Arabic الإكسير (al-’iksīr), from Ancient Greek ξήριον (ksērion, “medicinal powder”), from ξηρός (ksēros, “dry”).