1A magical or medicinal potion.
potion, concoction, brew, philtre, decoctionView synonyms
- ‘an elixir guaranteed to induce love’
- 1.1A preparation supposedly able to change metals into gold, sought by alchemists.
2A particular type of medicinal solution.
mixture, solution, potion, tinctureView synonyms
- ‘a cough elixir’
Late Middle English via medieval Latin from Arabic al-'iksīr, from al ‘the’ + 'iksīr from Greek xērion ‘powder for drying wounds’ (from xēros ‘dry’).
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