Definition of catholicon in English:


Line breaks: ca|tholi|con
Pronunciation: /kəˈθɒlɪkɒn


A solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases; a panacea.
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  • "Mithridate" and "Venice treacle," each composed of forty antagonizing ingredients, were the great Catholicons.
  • A good wife is a Catholicon for all the evils that happen in life.
  • Death is the cure of all diseases. There is no Catholicon or universal remedy I know but this.


late Middle English: medieval Latin, from Greek dia katholikōn 'made of general ingredients': compare with diacatholicon.

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