az·oth (ăzŏth, -ôth)
Mercury considered in alchemy to be the primary source of all metals.
[Middle English azoc, from Old French, from Arabic az-zā'uq, the mercury : al-, the + zā'uq, mercury (from Syriac zīwag, of Iranian origin; see gwei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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