Adjective "Homunculus" definition and examples

(Homunculus may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/hɒˈmʌŋkjʊləs/

Definitions and examples

noun

A very small human or humanoid creature.
  1. 'The front desk was old-school, too - a weary homunculus behind a desk, reading a newspaper, fetching your key and your messages from the slots behind him.'
  2. 'The story itself tells how lawyers from a big corporation try to muscle in on the momentous invention of an obscure homunculus, Charles Lang, whereby engines could run on plain tap water.'
  3. 'Had Victor not abandoned his original mentors, necromancers like Paracelsus, Cornelius Agrippa, and Albertus Magnus, he might have created a harmless homunculus instead of the creature, who exacts revenge upon him.'
  4. 'When I finally met the man, a pinched homunculus with nervous eyes and no eyebrows, he pushed me right out of his office.'
  5. 'There is no graphical representation - nothing like the tiny homunculus curled up in the head of a sperm which some of the earlier microscopists imagined they could see.'
  6. 'In the caricatured version, preformationism has usually been ridiculed as the belief that a perfect homunculus lies within each sperm or egg cell.'

More definitions

noun, plural homunculi[huh-muhng-kyuh-lahy, hoh-]/həˈmʌŋ kyəˌlaɪ, hoʊ-/(Show IPA)

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.

3. a diminutive human being.

4. the human fetus.

Origin

(homunculus)Mid 17th century: from Latin, diminutive of homo, homin- ‘man’.