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homunculus

Μή, φίλα ψυχά, βίον ἀθάνατον σπεῦδε, τὰν δ' ἔμπρακτον ἄντλει μαχανάν -> Oh! my soul do not aspire to eternal life, but exhaust the limits of the possible
Pindar, Pythian, 3.61f.

Latin > English (Lewis & Short)

hŏmuncŭlus: i, m.
dim. homo,
I a little or weakly man, a manikin: hui, Homunculi quanti estis! Plaut. Rud. 1, 2, 66; id. Capt. prol. 51; cf. id. Trin. 2, 4, 90: hem! nos homunculi indignamur, si quis, etc., Sulpic. ap. Cic. Fam. 4, 5, 4: neque tam desipiens fuisset, ut homunculis similem deum fingeret, Cic. N. D. 1, 44, 123: ut homunculus unus e multis, etc., id. Tusc. 1, 9, 17; cf.: humilis homunculus, id. ib. 5, 23, 64; App. M. 9, p. 222.

Latin > German (Georges)

homunculus, ī, m. (Demin. v. homo, s. Prisc. 3, 34), ein Menschlein, bes. als armes, schwaches Geschöpf, ein armer (schwacher) Mensch, armes (schwaches) Erdenkind (im Ggstz. zur vollkommenen Gottheit usw.), Plaut., Cic. u.a.: belli homunculi (Leutchen), Varro sat. Men. 333 (bei Gell. 13, 11, 3).

Latin > English

homunculus homunculi N M :: little man, manikin