homunculus

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin homunculus, diminutive of homō (man).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /hɒˈmʌŋk.jʊ.ləs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /həˈmʌŋk.jə.ləs/, /hoʊˈmʌŋk.jə.ləs/
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Noun[edit]

homunculus (plural homunculi)

  1. A miniature man, once imagined by spermists to be present in human sperm.
  2. The nerve map of the human body that exists on the parietal lobe of the human brain.

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Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from Latin homunculus (little man). Compare the adapted borrowing omuncolo.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /oˈmun.ku.lus/
  • Rhymes: -unkulus
  • Hyphenation: ho‧mùn‧cu‧lus

Noun[edit]

homunculus m (invariable)

  1. (alchemy, folklore) homunculus (a legendary figure resembling a little man, who was said to be created through alchemy)
  2. (historical, biology) homunculus (the little man believed by preformationists to be inside human sperm)
  3. (physiology, neuroscience) homunculus (nerve map realized as a distorted representation of the human body)
    homunculus corticalecortical homunculus
    homunculus motoriomotor homunculus

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From homō, hominis +‎ -culus.

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homunculus m (genitive homunculī); second declension

  1. Diminutive of homō (man).
  2. a little or weak man, homunculus
  3. (rare) a dwarf
    Synonyms: nānus, pūmiliō

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative homunculus homunculī
Genitive homunculī homunculōrum
Dative homunculō homunculīs
Accusative homunculum homunculōs
Ablative homunculō homunculīs
Vocative homuncule homunculī

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References[edit]

  • homunculus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • homunculus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • homunculus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin homunculus.

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homunculus m (plural homunculuși)

  1. homunculus

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