Definition of homunculus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

homunculus

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//həˈmʌŋkjələs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//həˈmʌŋkjələs//
 
(pl. homunculi
BrE BrE//həˈmʌŋkjəliː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//həˈmʌŋkjəliː//
 
)
 
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(in stories) a very small human or human-like creature Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin, diminutive of homo, homin- ‘man’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: homunculus