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Elixir of Life

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A ruby, supposed by the alchemists to prolong life indefinitely. The tincture for transmuting metals was also called an elixir. (Arabic, el or al iksir, the iksir (? coction).) (See Amrita.)        

“He that has once the Flower of the Sun,

The perfect ruby which we call Elixir…

Can confer honour, love, respect, long life,

Give safety, valour, yea, and victory,

To whom he will. In eight-and-twenty days

Iʹll make an old man of fourscore a child.


Ben Jonson: The Alchemist, ii. 1.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Elidure
Eligibles and Detrimentals
Elijah’s Melons
Eliminate
Eliot (George)
Eliott’s Tailors
Elissa
Elissa (deficiency or parsimony; Greek, ellipsis)
Elivâger
Elixir of Life
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Elizabeth of Hungary (St.)
Elizabethan
Ell (Anglo-Saxon eln, an ell)
Ell-wand (The King’s)
Ella, or Alla
Elliot
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