philosopher's stone

philosophers' stone

noun Alchemy.
a substance sought by alchemists that would be capable of transmuting baser metals into gold or silver and of prolonging life.
Also, philosopher's stone.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English

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philosopher's stone
 
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a stone or substance thought by alchemists to be capable of transmuting base metals into gold

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The stone or material that practitioners of alchemy believed capable of changing other metals into gold.

Note: Figuratively, the “philosopher's stone” is a substance thought to be capable of regenerating man spiritually.
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