|1.||one of a species of legendary creatures, usually resembling small misshapen old men, said to live in the depths of the earth and guard buried treasure|
|2.||the statue of a gnome, esp in a garden|
|3.||a very small or ugly person|
|4.||facetious, derogatory or an international banker or financier (esp in the phrase gnomes of Zürich)|
|[C18: from French, from New Latin gnomus, coined by Paracelsus, of obscure origin]|
in European folklore, dwarfish, subterranean goblin or earth spirit who guards mines of precious treasures hidden in the earth. He is represented in medieval mythologies as a small, physically deformed (usually hunchbacked) creature resembling a dry, gnarled old man. Gob, the king of the gnome race, ruled with a magic sword and is said to have influenced the melancholic temperament of man.
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