Gnome

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gnome \Gnome\, noun [F. gnome, prob. fr. Gr. gnw'mon one that knows, a guardian, i. e., of the treasures in the inner parts of the earth, or fr. ? intelligence, both fr. gnw^nai, gignw^skein, to know. See {Know}.]

1. An imaginary being, supposed by the Rosicrucians to inhabit the inner parts of the earth, and to be the guardian of mines, quarries, etc.

2. A dwarf; a goblin; a person of small stature or misshapen features, or of strange appearance.

3. (Zool.) A small owl ({Glaucidium gnoma}) of the Western United States.

4. [Gr. ?.] A brief reflection or maxim. --Peacham. Gnomic

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

gnome

noun

1: a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure [syn: {gnome}, {dwarf}]

2: a short pithy saying expressing a general truth


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