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.

Homunculus

formless spirit of learning. [Ger. Lit.: Faust]
See: Ghost
References in classic literature ?
Now, my dear sir--my dear Sir,' said the little man, 'pray, allow me--my dear Sir, the very first principle to be observed in these cases, is this: if you place the matter in the hands of a professional man, you must in no way interfere in the progress of the business; you must repose implicit confidence in him.
Really, my dear Sir, really;' and the little man took an argumentative pinch of snuff, and looked very profound.
You ought to join one," declared the little man seriously.
Only the little man remained seated at the window, with his eyes fixed upon the bank of murky clouds which lowered over the sea.
The little man shook his head, and scratched it ruefully as he contemplated this severe indisposition of a principal performer.
They journeyed on till it began to be dusky, and then the little man said, 'Let me get down, I'm tired.
No; omnibus," the little man answered readily enough.
No, you are all wrong," said the little man meekly.
The little man seemed withered by the coarse brutality of the reply.
Come, come," said the Little Man, "do not lose time over a donkey that can weep.
A little man whom I spoke to on the steamer brought me some coffee.
That's none such an entirely bad little man, yon little man with the red head," said Alan.