Word Archaeology: alembroth

A double chloride of ammonium and mercury. Alchemists considered it a universal solvent. The term, thought to have been first used in 1726, derives from Middle English words alembroth, alembroke, and albrot, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Once used as a stimulant, it’s also known as the “salt of wisdom”.

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