#atozchallenge – H for Homunculous

Happy Monday! We’re back on with the A-to-Z and I have something fun to share:

Homunculus
[huh-muhng-kyuh-luhs, hoh-] Noun: an artificially made dwarf, supposedly produced in a flask by an alchemist.

OK, I laughed out loud when I found this word. Truly? An artificially made dwarf? In a flask?  Can you see the little dude in the image?  Can you imagine the uses for such a creature?  I wish I had that recipe.

Of course there are other, more reasonable definitions, but they are nowhere near as fun.

  • a fully formed, miniature human body believed, according to some medical theories of the 16th and 17th centuries, to be contained in the sperm
  • a diminutive human being.
  • the human fetus.

My 2011 Post: Still linked to Saturday’s G and H for Gung Ho!

Today’s #photoadayapril prompt: Younger You

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