philosopher's stone

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philosopher's stone:

see alchemyalchemy
, ancient art of obscure origin that sought to transform base metals (e.g., lead) into silver and gold; forerunner of the science of chemistry. Some scholars hold that it was first practiced in early Egypt and others that it arose in China (in the 5th or 3d cent. B.C.
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Philosopher’s Stone

substance supposed to convert base metal to gold. [Medieval Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 829]
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Twenty years after the world was first introduced to the schoolboy wizard, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is being printed by small publishers Itchy Coo, and is the 80th translation of the first book in a series that has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide.
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