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A type of furnace used by alchemists, able to maintain a steady heat for long periods.
- ‘Alchemists, along with surgeons, soldiers, butchers and blacksmiths, were regarded as ‘children of Mars’, the association presumably coming about through the importance of heat in powering the alchemical athanor or furnace.’
- ‘For the same sum, an alchemist may purchase alembics, athanors and general laboratory equipment which allows them to double the number of potions they can brew between adventures.’
- ‘We are marvelously constructed of those transmuted elements borne within the fiery athanors of long dead Super Suns.’
Late 15th century: from Arabic at-tannūr, from al- the + tannūr baker's oven Compare with tandoor.
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