What does the word elixir mean?

Usage examples for elixir

  1. The search for the elixir of life was too fascinating to be readily given up. – China and the Chinese by Herbert Allen Giles
  2. What a pity you didn't discover the elixir when you were younger, Richard. – The Blue Germ by Martin Swayne
  3. But the same fate befell them as happened to the aged waiting- maid who noticed that her mistress possessed a magic elixir which restored youth. – The Prose Writings of Heinrich Heine by Heinrich Heine