Homunculus

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Homunculus

 

according to medieval alchemists, a manlike creature that might be created artificially. In the 17th century it was thought that the homunculus was contained in the human spermatozoon and would develop into a human being if implanted in a maternal organism.

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Homunculus

formless spirit of learning. [Ger. Lit.: Faust]
See: Ghost
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