potable gold

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potable gold (uncountable)

  1. (historical) A theoretical substance which would confer eternal life on the drinker.
    • 2002, Philip Ball, The Elements: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2004, p. 60
      This tradition found its way to the West in the notion of ‘potable gold(aurum potabile), a medicine that, if drunk, would cure all manner of ills.
  2. (historical) A preparation consisting of gold particles in oil and alcohol.



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