homunculus

英 [hɒ'mʌŋkjʊləs] 美
  • n. 矮人,侏儒
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homunculus 矮人,侏儒

来自拉丁语homunculus,小人,矮小的人,来自homo,人,-uncul,小词后缀,词源同avuncular.

homunculus (n.)
1650s, from Latin homunculus, literally "little person," from homo (genitive hominis) "man, human being," the Latin word that means "man, person, a human being" (technically "male human," but in logical and scholastic writing "human being"), also "the human race, mankind," perhaps from PIE *(dh)ghomon-, literally "earthling," from *dhghem- "earth" (see chthonic; also compare human). With -culus, Latin diminutive suffix. Other Latin diminutives from homo included homullus, homuncio.