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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
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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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