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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A tiny fully formed individual that (according to the discredited theory of preformation) is supposed to be present in the sperm cell; A person who is very small but who is not otherwise deformed or abnormal.

Usage examples (30)
  • As he watches, the outlines of a diminutive human being -- a mannikin or 'homunculus' -- become visible and rapidly gain distinct form.
  • What has come to be known as the homunculus theory of vision has long been discredited.
  • It can stand as a kind of homunculus to Penny's full-formed person.
  • What kind of homunculus was Father before this transmutation? for more
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