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philosophers' stone

or philosopher's stone

noun, Alchemy.
a substance sought by alchemists that would be capable of transmuting baser metals into gold or silver and of prolonging life.
Origin of philosophers' stone
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for philosopher's stone

philosopher's stone

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

philosopher's stone definition

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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