Literature is essentially a niche interest, and, as such, is subject to its own microcosmic fads.
In Brazil, there was a microcosmic slice of the kind of public role he is attempting to carve.
The reactions with microcosmic salt are the same as with borax.
He is determined to tell the truth of our microcosmic baseness.
The presence of silica in a mineral can easily be ascertained by treating a small fragment in a bead of microcosmic salt.
The microcosmic salt bead dissolves almost every oxide except silica, SiO2, and this is seen to float about in the melted mass.
microcosmic salt dissolves a large quantity of lime into a clear bead, which is milky when cold.
It must be compelled to reform its microcosmic reflections, even down there, where it has to be driven by force.
It does not melt with carbonate of soda, borax, or microcosmic salt, and is insoluble in every acid except the hydrofluoric.
Fused with borax, soda, or microcosmic salt, they give a clear bead.
c.1200, mycrocossmos (modern form from early 15c.), "human nature, man viewed as the epitome of creation," literally "miniature world," from Middle French microcosme and in earliest use directly from Medieval Latin microcosmus, from Greek mikros "small" (see mica) + kosmos "world" (see cosmos). General sense of "a community constituting a world unto itself" is attested from 1560s. Related: Microcosmic. A native expression in the same sense was petty world (c.1600).
A representation of something on a much smaller scale. Microcosm means “small world,” and in the thought of the Renaissance, it was applied specifically to human beings, who were considered to be small-scale models of the universe, with all its variety and contradiction. (Compare macrocosm.)