philosopher's stone

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philosopher +‎ stone

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the philosopher's stone (countable and uncountable, plural philosopher's stones)

  1. (alchemy, uncountable) A substance able to turn base metals into gold or silver, usually by means of the application and distillation of another substance, usually mercury; also sometimes claimed to give immortality.
  2. (countable) A piece composed of that substance

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