Alex vs Elixir - What's the difference?

alex | elixir |

As a proper noun alex

is .

As a noun elixir is

elixir (pharmacy: sweet taste-masking liquid).



Proper noun

  • .
  • * 2006 (Kate Atkinson), One Good Turn (Black Swan(2007), ISBN 9780552772440), page 81:
  • *:Martin was pretty dull as names went but 'Alex' Blake' had a certain dash to it. His publishers hadn't considered Martin's own name to be 'punchy' enough. The pseudonym ' Alex Blake was chosen after much deliberation, most of which excluded Martin. 'A strong, no-nonsense sort of name', his editor said, 'to compensate'. For what, she didn't say.
  • , short form of Alexandra or the female name Alexis, or a spelling variant of Alix.
  • * 2008 , The Northern Clemency (Harpercollins, ISBN 9780007174799), page 588:
  • 'I had a Christmas card from someone calling herself Alex the year before last,' Daniel said. 'I couldn't think who it was.'
    'Oh, yes, she's changed again,' Alice said. 'I never got used to Alexandra, either. It never occurred to me that Sandra was short for Alexandra - anyway, she's Sandra on her birth certificate.'


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    (en noun)
  • (alchemy) A liquid which converts lead to gold.
  • * 2002 , Philip Ball, The Elements: A Very Short Introduction , Oxford 2004, p. 59:
  • For Chinese alchemists, gold held the key to the Elixir , the Eastern equivalent of the Philosopher's Stone.
  • A liquid which is believed to cure all ills and gives eternal life.
  • (pharmacy) A sweet flavored liquid (usually containing a small amount of alcohol) used in compounding medicines to be taken by mouth in order to mask an unpleasant taste.
  • Derived terms

    * elixir of life