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alchemist (n.)

1510s, from Old French alquemiste, from Medieval Latin alchimista, from Old French alchimie/Medieval Latin alkimia (see alchemy). Also see -ist. Earlier forms were alchemister (late 14c.), alkanamyer (late 15c.), with agent noun suffix -er.

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Definitions of alchemist from WordNet

alchemist (n.)
one who was versed in the practice of alchemy and who sought an elixir of life and a panacea and an alkahest and the philosopher's stone;
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