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philosophers' stone

or philosopher's stone

noun, Alchemy.
1.
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 word dating back to 1350-1400
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