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English definition of “elixir”


noun [C usually singular]     /ɪˈlɪk.sɪər/ US  /-sjɚ/ literary
a substance , usually a liquid , with a magical power to cure , improve , or preserve something: It's yet another health product claiming to be the elixir of life / youth (= something to make you live longer / stay young ).Medicine in different forms
(Definition of elixir noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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