One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of furnace used by alchemists, able to maintain a steady heat for long periods.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Late 15th century: from Arabic at-tannūr, from al- ‘the’ + tannūr ‘baker's oven’.
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