Word Archaeology: athanor

An athanor, used in alchemy, is a furnace that provides uniform and constant heat. Its name is derived from late 15th century Arabic texts that used the term “al-tannoor” (bread oven). People also called it the Philosophical furnace and the Tower furnace.

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