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

  • 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.
  • Charles Michelson, the Democrats' razor-tongued publicity genius, pilloried him before millions as a hapless homunculus responsible for all the nation's ills.
  • Some of Munch's paintings notably The Scream, 1893, with its genderless homunculus squalling in loneliness on a bridge against the thick ropy sky of eveningare among the .
News & Articles

  • 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...
    Nov. 15, 2013 - Mania

  • Esa-Pekka Salonen in New York Times
    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'...
  • Woody Allen in International Herald Tribune
    (Allen calls him "this little homunculus," once Shawn is safely off screen.)
  • John Updike in San Francisco Chronicle
    (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...

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