Geber(redirected from Jabir Ibn Haiyan (Geber))
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, fl. 8th cent., Arab alchemist and physician, originally named Jabir ibn Hayyan. He is believed to have lived at Kufa and at Baghdad. A great number of works on alchemy, many of them unpublished, have been attributed to him, but scholars disagree as to
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Geber(gē`bər), in the Bible. 1 Father of a steward of Solomon. 2 Officer of Solomon.
Latinized form of Jabir, assumed in honour of Jabir ibn Hayyan by a 14th-century alchemist, probably Spanish: he described the preparation of nitric and sulphuric acids