Gnome

Gnome

(?), n. [F. gnome, prob. fr. Gr. gnw`mon one that knows, a guardian, i. e., of the treasures in the inner parts of the earth, or fr. intelligence, both fr. gnw^nai, gignw^skein, to know. See Know.] 1. An imaginary being, supposed by the Rosicrucians to inhabit the inner parts of the earth, and to be the guardian of mines, quarries, etc.
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2. A dwarf; a goblin; a person of small stature or misshapen features, or of strange appearance.
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3. (Zol.) A small owl (Glaucidium gnoma) of the Western United States.
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4. [Gr. .] A brief reflection or maxim. Peacham.

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Gnom"ic*al

(?), } a. [Gr. , fr. : cf. F. gnomique. See Gnome maxim.] Sententious; uttering or containing maxims, or striking detached thoughts; aphoristic.
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A city long famous as the seat of elegiac and gnomic poetry.
G. R. Lewes.
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Gnomic Poets, Greek poets, as Theognis and Solon, of the sixth century B. C., whose writings consist of short sententious precepts and reflections.
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