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noun (magna opera, sg=magnum opus)
  1. A great work of literacy or art; the best, most popular, or most renowned achievement of an author, or artist.
  2. Such a work seen as its maker"s greatest, representing his major life effort.
  3. An individual literary or artistic masterpiece<ref>WordNet?® 2.1, Retrieved December 10, 2006, from http://dictionary.reference.com Dictionary.com</ref>
  4. (rfv-sense) (alchemy) The act of creating or discovering the philosopher's stone, philosopher"s stone.<ref>http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new2?id=RedAlch.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&part=43&division=div2 Alchemy: Ancient and Modern, Section 43: Bernard Trévisan, Herbert Stanley Redgrove, Copyright 1999, by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia</ref>
Etymology: From (term, magnum opus, , great work, lang=la).<ref name="AHD-etym"><i>The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language</i> Fourth Edition</ref>


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