Azoth Definition

ăzŏth, -ôth
Mercury considered in alchemy to be the primary source of all metals.
American Heritage
The metal mercury; quicksilver.
Webster's New World
Paracelsus' universal remedy.
Webster's New World

(alchemy) 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 of Azoth

  • Middle English azoc from Old French from Arabic az-zā’uq the mercury al- the zā’uq mercury (from Syriac zīwag) (of Iranian origin gwei- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Andalusian Arabic الزُوقْ, from Arabic الزّاوُوق (az-zāwūq).

    From Wiktionary

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