Gnome (?), n. [F. gnome, prob. fr. Gr. one that knows, a guardian, i. e., of the treasures in the inner parts of the earth, or fr. intelligence, both fr. , , to know. See Know.]


An imaginary being, supposed by the Rosicrucians to inhabit the inner parts of the earth, and to be the guardian of mines, quarries, etc.


A dwarf; a goblin; a person of small stature or misshapen features, or of strange appearance.

3. Zool.

A small owl (Glaucidium gnoma) of the Western United States.

4. [Gr. .]

A brief reflection or maxim.



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