from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A universal remedy; a panacea.
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- n. A supposed universal remedy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A remedy for all diseases; a panacea.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A remedy for all diseases; a universal remedy; a panacea; specifically, a kind of soft purgative electuary so called.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists
Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin, from Greek katholikon, generic description, from neuter of katholikos, universal; see catholic.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)