or philosopher's stone
a substance sought by alchemists that would be capable of transmuting baser metals into gold or silver and of prolonging life.
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Origin of philosophers' stone
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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British Dictionary definitions for philosophers' stone
a stone or substance thought by alchemists to be capable of transmuting base metals into gold
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Cultural definitions for philosophers' stone
The stone or material that practitioners of alchemy believed capable of changing other metals into gold.
notes for philosopher's stone
Figuratively, the “philosopher's stone” is a substance thought to be capable of regenerating man spiritually.
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