Asked by: Amadu Hofstatter
asked in category: General Last Updated: 15th May, 2020

Where did alcohol get its name?

Alcohol is believed to have got its name from the Arabic term 'al kuhl' meaning 'the essence' or 'the finer thing'. This term was specifically used to denote a very fine powder of black antimony sulfide that was used by the Arab women as an eye-make up to enhance the sparkle in their eyes in the medieval era.

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Similarly, it is asked, where did the word alcohol come from?

The source of the English word alcohol comes from the Arabic word al ghoul not from the current Arabic word al kuhool which is actually a semi modern introduction from the English alcohol which in turn was modified from the original Arabic word al ghoul.

Furthermore, what does Al Kuhl mean? Al-Kuhl is the Arabic word from which alcohol is derived. In its Arabic translation Al-Kuhl means: Body-Eating Spirit.

People also ask, what is the root word of alcohol?

Alcohol comes from the Arabic word al-kuhul (al kohl). It referred to a fine black powder used as a dark eye-coloring cosmetic. Today, the word kohl still refers to a makeup used for outlining the eyes. Al kuhul was obtained by sublimation.

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