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Portland Stone

So called from the island of Portland, where it is quarried. It hardens by exposure to the atmosphere. St. Paul's Cathedral and Somerset House (London) are built of this stone.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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