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”.
Word Archaeology: alembroth
October 31, 2020