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alchemy

noun [U] uk   us   /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 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.
alchemist
noun [C] uk   us   /ˈæl.kə.mɪst/
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