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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A diminutive human being.
2. A fully formed, miniature human being that was earlier believed to be present in a sperm or an egg.
From Latin homunculus (little man), diminutive of homo (man). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dhghem- (earth), which also gave us allochthonous, autochthonous, chameleonic, chthonic, disinter, and inhume. Earliest documented use: 1656.
“‘I’m a well-educated, contributing member of society!’ this shameless homunculus yelled.”
Rachel Chang; Feeling Second-Class First Hand; Straits Times (Singapore); Jun 30, 2013.
“Self-aggrandizing homunculus Bono says love of money is the root of Mick Jagger.”
Liz Braun; Bono’s views on Jagger; Sault Star (Canada); Jul 27, 2013.
See more usage examples of homunculus in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves. -Lord Byron, poet (22 Jan 1788-1824)