WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
e•lix•ir /ɪˈlɪksɚ/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]
  1. an imaginary preparation believed to be capable of prolonging life, or of changing ordinary metal into gold.
  2. something that can cure all ills.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

elixir /ɪˈlɪksə/ n
  1. an alchemical preparation supposed to be capable of prolonging life indefinitely (elixir of life) or of transmuting base metals into gold
  2. anything that purports to be a sovereign remedy; panacea
  3. an underlying principle; quintessence
  4. a liquid containing a medicinal drug with syrup, glycerine, or alcohol added to mask its unpleasant taste
Etymology: 14th Century: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al iksīr the elixir, probably from Greek xērion powder used for drying wounds, from xēros dry



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