touchstone

[ tuhch-stohn ]
/ ˈtʌtʃˌstoʊn /

noun

a test or criterion for the qualities of a thing.
a black siliceous stone formerly used to test the purity of gold and silver by the color of the streak produced on it by rubbing it with either metal.

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Origin of touchstone

First recorded in 1475–85; touch + stone
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British Dictionary definitions for touchstone

touchstone
/ (ˈtʌtʃˌstəʊn) /

noun

a criterion or standard by which judgment is made
a hard dark siliceous stone, such as basalt or jasper, that is used to test the quality of gold and silver from the colour of the streak they produce on it
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