Alchemy may be fairly considered the ancestor to chemistry, just as ancient astrology was to astronomy. Alchemy, however, is also an ancestor of a good deal of Enlightenment-era and modern mysticism, including Hermeticism and Rosicrucianism.
Al"che*mist (#), n. [Cf. OF. alquemiste, F. alchimiste.]
One who practices alchemy.
You are alchemist; make gold.
© Webster 1913.
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