element (n.)
substance, raw material, physical matter
AC V.ii.90[Cleopatra to Dolabella, of dolphins] The element they lived in [i.e. the sea]
Luc.1588[of Lucrece] These water-galls in her dim element / Foretell new storms to those already spent [i.e. the water of her tears]
MA II.i.317[Leonato to Don Pedro, of Beatrice] There's little of the melancholy element in her
Tem III.iii.62[Ariel to Alonso, Sebastian, and Antonio] The elements, / Of whom your swords are tempered
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