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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Definitions for catholicon

  1. A universal remedy; panacea.

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Citations for catholicon
And then they sweep out again, leaving the fevered peasants their catholicon of faith, while, overhead, vultures ebonize the sky. Thomas H. Cook, The Orchids
At any rate, this same humor has something, there is no telling what, of beneficence in it, it is such a catholicon and charm—nearly all men agreeing in relishing it, though they may agree in little else—and in its way it undeniably does such a deal of familiar good in the world, that no wonder it is almost a proverb, that a man of humor, a man capable of a good loud laugh—seem how he may in other things—can hardly be a heartless scamp. Herman Melville, The Confidence-Man
Origin of catholicon
late Middle English
Catholicon stems from the Greek word katholikós which meant "according to the whole, universal."