poor stargazer (educate_sedate) wrote in 1word1day,
poor stargazer
educate_sedate
1word1day

homunculus

homunculus [huh-muhng-kyuh-luhs, hoh-]
noun, plural -li

[Origin: 1650–60; < L, equiv. to homun- (var. of homin-, s. of homō man; see Homo) + -culus -cule1]

1. an artificially made dwarf, supposedly produced in a flask by an alchemist.
2. a fully formed, miniature human body believed, according to some medical theories of the 16th and 17th centuries, to be contained in the spermatozoon. (i. e. the sperm, which were concieved of as "little men")
3. a diminutive human being.
4. the human fetus.

"For centuries, scholars have trawled a tiny pool of reliable data about the poet's life, poring over each real-estate transaction or baptism as if it were a kind of homunculus that could tell us all we're longing to know about the man himself."--Laura Shapiro, Slate Magaine 3/31/08
Tags: h, latin, noun
Subscribe

  • Tuesday word: Ceremony

    Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2021 Ceremony (noun) cer·e·mo·ny [ser-uh-moh-nee] noun 1. the formal activities conducted on some solemn or important public or…

  • Sunday Word: Interlocutor

    interlocutor[in-ter- lok-y uh-ter] noun: 1 one who takes part in dialogue or conversation 2 the performer in a minstrel show who is placed…

  • Wednesday Word: Déraciné

    Déraciné - noun or adjective. You may know déraciné as the title of a video game, but this French word can also be used as an adjective or noun.…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 6 comments