homunculus homunculus


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



  1. It does not require a homunculus in the control room of the mind and is not scientifically harder to imagine than the long march from genes to culture.
  2. Charles Michelson, the Democrats' razor-tongued publicity genius, pilloried him before millions as a hapless homunculus responsible for all the nation's ills.
  3. The trouble with this Parker Bros, homunculus is that it looks as if it should be able to use its arms and legs like a true robot, and it can't.


  • The Worlds End Blu-ray Review

    Oh my goodness- The World's End . If there is a more meticulously constructed film that's been released this year, I can't find it. Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg assembled a perfect homunculus of a script...
    on November 15, 2013     Source: Mania

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  1. Esa-Pekka Salonen, in his wry program notes for his "Homunculus" (2007) for string quartet, writes that he has long "been fascinated (and amused) by the theory of the arcane spermists, who held the belief that the sperm was in fact a 'little man'...
    on Mar 26, 2009 By: Esa-Pekka Salonen Source: New York Times

  2. (Allen calls him "this little homunculus," once Shawn is safely off screen.)
    on Nov 18, 2008 By: Woody Allen Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. (Updike has been a New Yorker contributor for more than half a century.) "I think some distressed homunculus inside me," Updike said with a summary, ironic twinkle, "couldn't be prevented from attacking this, in its way, excellent book (A Man...
    on Jun 16, 2006 By: John Updike Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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