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gnome 1

 (nōm)
n.
1. One of a fabled race of dwarflike creatures who live underground and guard treasure hoards.
2. In the occult philosophy of Paracelsus, a being that has earth as its element.

[French, from New Latin gnomus, earth elemental in the occult philosophy of Paracelsus, of unknown origin.]

gnom′ish adj.

gnome 2

 (nōm)
n.
A pithy saying that expresses a general truth or fundamental principle; an aphorism.

[Greek gnōmē, from gignōskein, to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]

gnome

(nəʊm)
n
1. (European Myth & Legend) one of a species of legendary creatures, usually resembling small misshapen old men, said to live in the depths of the earth and guard buried treasure
2. the statue of a gnome, esp in a garden
3. a very small or ugly person
4. (Banking & Finance) facetious or derogatory an international banker or financier (esp in the phrase gnomes of Zürich)
[C18: from French, from New Latin gnomus, coined by Paracelsus, of obscure origin]
ˈgnomish, ˈgnome-like adj

gnome

(nəʊm)
n
a short pithy saying or maxim expressing a general truth or principle
[C16: from Greek gnōmē, from gignōskein to know]

gnome1

(noʊm)

n.
(originally in the writings of Paracelsus) any of a group of dwarflike beings inhabiting the interior of the earth.
[1705–15; < French < New Latin gnomus, perhaps < Greek gnṓmē; see gnome2]
gnom′ish, adj.
syn: See goblin.

gnome2

(noʊm, ˈnoʊ mi)

n.
a short, pithy expression of a general truth; aphorism.
[1570–80; < Greek gnṓmē judgment, opinion, purpose]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gnome - a legendary creature resembling a tiny old mangnome - a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure
Nibelung - (German mythology) any of the race of dwarfs who possessed a treasure hoard that was stolen by Siegfried
faerie, faery, fairy, fay, sprite - a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers
Andvari - (Norse mythology) a dwarf who possessed a treasure that was stolen by Loki
2.gnome - a short pithy saying expressing a general truth
axiom, maxim - a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
Murphy's Law, Sod's Law - humorous axiom stating that anything that can go wrong will go wrong
Translations
maahinen

gnome

[nəʊm] Ngnomo m
the Gnomes of Zurich (hum) → los banqueros suizos

gnome

[ˈnəʊm] ngnome m, lutin m

gnome

nGnom m; (in garden) → Gartenzwerg m; the gnomes of Zurichdie Zürcher Gnome pl

gnome

[nəʊm] ngnomo
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Jonathan Buswell, from Solihull, has launched a social enterprise call Garden Gnomes which strives to help people enjoy their gardens more by keeping them beautiful.
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GARDEN gnomes are survivalists despite a poll that said 94% of people would never have one in their garden.
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