gnomish


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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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.gnomish - used of small deformed creatures
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"
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