Origin: ModL magnesia (alba), lit., (white) magnesia (in contrast to ML magnesia, a black mineral < LGr magnēsia < Magnēsia, Magnesia): term substituted by F. Hoffmann (1660-1742), Ger physician, for ModL magnes carneus, lit., flesh-magnet (see magnet & carnal): so named from clinging to the lips
See magnesia in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English, mineral ingredient of the philosophers' stone
Origin: , from Medieval Latin magnēsia
Origin: , from Greek magnēsiā, a kind of ore
Origin: , from Magnēsiā, Magnesia, an ancient city of Asia Minor.
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