philosopher's stone

noun
Updated on: 20 Mar 2018

Definition of philosopher's stone

: an imaginary stone, substance, or chemical preparation believed to have the power of transmuting baser metals into gold and sought by alchemists; broadly : an elusive or imaginary key to success called also philosophers' stone

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14th century

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  • : an imaginary substance that people in the past believed had the power to change other metals into gold


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