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(pl. homunculi)
A person who is very small but who is not otherwise deformed or abnormal.  Synonyms: manikin, mannikin.
A tiny fully formed individual that (according to the discredited theory of preformation) is supposed to be present in the sperm cell.

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"Homunculus" Quotes from Famous Books

... villain of a vicar, you old seducer, who runs after the chicks by moonlight? Vicar, your lady friend is built like a witch. She has hairs on her chin, she's the barber-surgeon's wife. He is fully a cuckold, and well he deserves it, that homunculus, whose whole medical science consists in the art of ...
— The Queen Pedauque • Anatole France

... which Mesopithecus, a form nearly related to the modern Sacred Monkeys (a species of Semnopithecus) and found in strata of the Miocene period in Greece, is the most important. Quite recently, too, Ameghino's investigations have made us acquainted with fossil monkeys from South America (Anthropops, Homunculus), which, according to their discoverer, are to be regarded as in the line ...
— Darwin and Modern Science • A.C. Seward and Others

... stranger than all that; for this HOMUNCULUS or part-man of mine that walked about the eighteenth century with Dr. Balfour in his youth, was in the way of meeting other HOMUNCULOS or part-men, in the persons of my other ancestors. These were of a lower order, and doubtless we looked down upon ...
— Memories and Portraits • Robert Louis Stevenson

Words linked to "Homunculus" :   manikin, somebody, person, individual, someone, mannikin, soul, small person, mortal

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