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a universal remedy; panacea.
Historical Examples

In 1407 there was a collection of fifty service books, and a catholicon, the latter being perhaps the nucleus of a library.
Old English Libraries Ernest Savage

The catholicon is printed in a small type, not very cleanly cut.
Fine Books Alfred W. Pollard

I soon saw the catholicon of Spain (Spanish gold) was the chief ingredient.
The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz

We are now in a position to understand Balbi’s performance in the catholicon.
The Age of Erasmus P. S. Allen

I care not much if I untwist my committee-man, and so give him the receipt of this grand catholicon.
Character Writings of the 17th Century Various

Item satelles dicitur quia adheret alteri ad eius custodiam, catholicon.
Selections from Early Middle English 1130-1250: Part II: Notes Various

The preface contains a sarcastic harangue in orthodox charlatan style on the merits of the new catholicon or Panacea.
A Short History of French Literature George Saintsbury

And your petitioners are much afraid that the catholicon above mentioned is much of the same nature.
Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume I (of 2) John Hill Burton

The Professor then entreated M. T. Pate to imbibe from the bottle containing his catholicon.
The Funny Philosophers George Yellott

From the great size of the catholicon, its circulation must have been very limited.
Introduction to the Literature of Europe in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries, Vol. 1 Henry Hallam

a remedy for all ills; panacea


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