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See also gnōmē
Etymology 1 
gnome (plural gnomai)
- A brief reflection or maxim; a pithy saying.
Etymology 2 
gnome (plural gnomes)
- A legendary being, supposed to be short, usually bearded men who inhabit the inner parts of the earth, and act as guardians of mines, treasure, etc.
- (Rosicrucianism) The elemental being of earth.
- A dwarf; a goblin; a person of small stature or misshapen features, or of strange appearance.
- (zoology) A small owl (Glaucidium gnoma) of the Western United States.
- A small statue placed in a garden to ward off pests and protect a home from sorcery.
- (astronomy, meteorology) An upper atmospheric optical phenomenon associated with thunderstorms, a compact blue starter.
Derived terms 
small owl, Glaucidium gnoma
- gnome in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- gnome in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- gnome at OneLook Dictionary Search
- IPA: /gnom/, /ɲom/
gnome m (plural gnomes)