Meaning of “alchemy” in the English Dictionary

"alchemy" in British English

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alchemynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈæl.kə.mi/ 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.
noun [ C ] uk /ˈæl.kə.mɪst/ us /ˈæl.kə.mɪst/

(Definition of “alchemy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)