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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.]
A pithy saying that expresses a general truth or fundamental principle; an aphorism.
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
a short pithy saying or maxim expressing a general truth or principle
[C16: from Greek gnōmē, from gignōskein to know]
(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]
syn: See goblin.
gnome2(noʊm, ˈnoʊ mi)
a short, pithy expression of a general truth; aphorism.
[1570–80; < Greek gnṓmē judgment, opinion, purpose]
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|Noun||1.||gnome - 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
Andvari - (Norse mythology) a dwarf who possessed a treasure that was stolen by Loki
|2.||gnome - a short pithy saying expressing a general truth|