An example of using alchemy is a person who takes a pile of scrap metal and turns it into beautiful art.
When watching a movie and a wizard turns a toad into a beautiful woman, it is an example of alchemy.
An example of alchemy are the scientists of the Middle Ages who tried to discover a way to use metals such as mercury and sulfur – to make interesting combinations and attempt to turn them into gold.
An example of alchemy are the scientists of today who use lasers in order to change aluminum and other metals to black, red, or a variety of other colors.
Origin of alchemy
- Middle English alkamie from Old French alquemie from Medieval Latin alchymia from Arabic al-kīmiyā’ al- the kīmiyā’ chemistry (from Late Greek khēmeia) (probably alteration of khumeia) (from Greek khein, khu- to pour gheu- in Indo-European roots) ((influenced, owing to the reputation of Egyptian alchemists, by Greek Khēmiā Egypt) (from Egyptian kmt Egypt) (from feminine of km black, in reference to the black soil of the Nile valley))
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French alkimie, arquemie (French alchimie), from Medieval Latin alkimia, from Arabic الكيمياء (al-kīmiyā’), ال (al, “the”) + from Ancient Greek χημεία (khēmeia) or χυμεία (chēmeia or chymeia) originally “a mingling, infusion, juice, liquid, as extracted from gold” and later “alchemy”, perhaps from Χημία (Chēmia, “black earth (ancient name for Egypt)”) and/or χυμός (chymos, “juice, sap”). (Compare Spanish alquimia and Italian alchimia).