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Philosopher’s Stone

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The way to wealth. The ancient alchemists thought there was a substance which would convert all baser metals into gold. This substance they called the philosopher’s stone. Here the word stone is about equal to the word substratum, which is compounded of the Latin sub and stratus (spread-under), the latter being related to the verb stand, stood, and meaning something on which the experiment stands. It was, in fact, a red powder or amalgam to drive off the impurities of baser metals. (Stone, Saxon, stán.)

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Philosopher’s stone. According to legend, Noah was commanded to hang up the true and genuine philosopher’s stone in the ark, to give light to every living creature therein.

Inventions discovered in sēarching for the philosopher’s stone. It was in searching for this treasure that Bötticher stumbled on the invention of Dresden porcelain manufacture; Roger Bacon on the composition of gunpowder; Geber on the properties of acids; Van Helmont on the nature of gas; and Dr. Glauber on the “salts” which bear his name.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Phillis
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Philoctetēs
Philomel or Philomela
Philomelus
Philopœmen
Philosopher
Philosopher with the Golden Thigh
Philosopher’s Egg (The)
Philosopher’s Stone
Philosopher’s Tree (The)
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Philotimē
Philoxenos of Cythēra
Philoxenos of Leucadia
Philter (A)
Phineus
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