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alchemy

noun [U]     /ˈæl.kə.mi/
a type of chemistry , especially in the Middle Ages , that dealt with trying to find a way to change ordinary metals into gold and with trying to find a medicine that would cure any disease Middle Ages (medieval Period) 501-1500 literary a process that is so effective that it seems like magic : She manages , by some extraordinary alchemy, to turn the most ordinary of ingredients into the most delicious of dishes .Magic alchemist     /ˈæl.kə.mɪst/ noun [C] People who perform magic or have paranormal abilities
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