Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or resembling alchemy; alchemical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to alchemical methods of making herbal medicines, such as adding ash of a burned plant to an extract thereof.
  • n. A spagyrist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Chemical; alchemical.
  • n. A spagyrist.

Etymologies

New Latin spagiricus, probably coined by Paracelsus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Latin sparygicus, from Ancient Greek to draw, to separate + to assemble. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Examine it by spagyric art, and you will find that it is nothing else than a _nitrous salt_, which is dilated in the water.

    Manures and the principles of manuring

  • As Paracelsus himself says of the true "spagyric physicians," who were the alchemists of his period.

    Alchemy: Ancient and Modern

  • In contradistinction to Galenic medicines, which were largely derived from the vegetable kingdom, from this time on we find in the literature references to spagyric medicines and a "spagyrist" was a Paracelsian who regarded chemistry as the basis of all medical knowledge.

    The Evolution of Modern Medicine

  • He saw the true gold into which the beggarly matter of existence may be transmuted by spagyric art; a succession of delicious moments, all the rare flavors of life concentrated, purged of their lees, and preserved in a beautiful vessel.

    The Hill of Dreams

  • That old spagyric raven is not the man fit for such a beauty, and I am rather inclined to take an interest in her myself.

    The Queen Pedauque

  • "Zosimus, sir, Zosimus of Panopolis, was a learned Greek, who flourished at Alexandria in the third century of the Christian era, and wrote treatises on the spagyric art."

    The Queen Pedauque

  • "Here are some of my doings," he said, "which are proof enough that the spagyric art is not the dream of an empty brain."

    The Queen Pedauque

  • Let us add that at that epoch the edict of Charles interdicting spagyric labours under pain of prison and hanging, and the bull, _Spondent pariter quas non exhibent_, which Pope

    Là-bas

  • Stuff and nonsense all these globes and powders, with all the other follies of the cabala and the spagyric art. "

    The Queen Pedauque

  • "There was in the German town of Staufen a spagyric philosopher who had, like yourself, connection with a Salamander.

    The Queen Pedauque

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  • spagyric - relating to or resembling alchemy

    August 7, 2009