WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
e•lix•ir /ɪˈlɪksɚ/USA pronunciation
an imaginary preparation believed to be capable of prolonging life, or of changing ordinary metal into gold.
something that can cure all ills.
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elixir /ɪˈlɪksə/ n
Etymology: 14th Century: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al iksīr the elixir, probably from Greek xērion powder used for drying wounds, from xēros dry
- an alchemical preparation supposed to be capable of prolonging life indefinitely (elixir of life) or of transmuting base metals into gold
- anything that purports to be a sovereign remedy; panacea
- an underlying principle; quintessence
- a liquid containing a medicinal drug with syrup, glycerine, or alcohol added to mask its unpleasant taste
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