noun, plural ho·mun·cu·li [huh-muhng-kyuh-lahy, hoh-] /həˈmʌŋ kyəˌlaɪ, hoʊ-/.
- homozygous by descent,
- hon. sec.
Origin of homunculus
Examples from the Web for homunculus
You men of the nineteenth century know only by reputation of our attempts to produce an homunculus, and a perpetuum mobile naturæ.The Magic of the Middle Ages|Viktor Rydberg
It is often asked, and I think we may fairly ask, what Goethe meant to symbolize by his Homunculus.The Faust-Legend and Goethe's 'Faust'|H. B. Cotterill
The homunculus offered me his last book, with his last smile.The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard|Anatole France
If the homunculus who wrote this be still above ground, how devoutly must he hope he may be able to keep in the background!A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)|Augustus De Morgan
Evidently there is plenty of work here for Goethe's Homunculus, who had to find out "why husband and wife get on so badly."Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology|C. G. Jung
noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
Word Origin for homunculus
1650s, from Latin homunculus, literally "little person," from homo (genitive hominis) "man, human being," the Latin word that means "man, person, a human being" (technically "male human," but in logical and scholastic writing "human being"), also "the human race, mankind," perhaps from PIE *(dh)ghomon-, literally "earthling," from *dhghem- "earth" (see chthonic; also cf. human). With -culus, Latin diminutive suffix. Other Latin diminutives from homo included homullus, homuncio.