Origin: Arabic, Greek
Meaning: a belief and philosophy of being able to transmute lead into gold and achieve immortality through the elixir of life. Alchemy ultimately comes from Arabic al-kimiya, from Greek chemeia with the Arabic definite article al- (the). Chemeia itself could possibly be derived from Egyptian khem or km meaning "black" or "black earth", likely referring to the black soil found along the Nile as opposed to the desert beyond. Chemeia could also come from a Greek word meaning "to pour" or to "cast together".