This Rabbi is said to have created an homunculus which became so troublesome that it had to be incarcerated.
The homunculus offered me his last book, with his last smile.
That minikin shivering old man, that homunculus, that thing, master of Europe and the West?
As he watches, the outlines of a diminutive human being—a mannikin or 'homunculus'—become visible and rapidly gain distinct form.
You men of the nineteenth century know only by reputation of our attempts to produce an homunculus, and a perpetuum mobile naturæ.
It is often asked, and I think we may fairly ask, what Goethe meant to symbolize by his homunculus.
He satisfied himself that the brain of this homunculus was discernible.
Meanwhile the homunculus has found congenial spirits among the sea-nymphs and sirens on the shores of the Aegean.
Evidently there is plenty of work here for Goethe's homunculus, who had to find out "why husband and wife get on so badly."
The homunculus in an ecstasy of love dashes himself against her chariot.
1650s, from Latin homunculus, literally "little person," from homo (genitive hominis) "man, human being," the Latin word that means "man, person, a human being" (technically "male human," but in logical and scholastic writing "human being"), also "the human race, mankind," perhaps from PIE *(dh)ghomon-, literally "earthling," from *dhghem- "earth" (see chthonic; also cf. human). With -culus, Latin diminutive suffix. Other Latin diminutives from homo included homullus, homuncio.
homunculus ho·mun·cu·lus (hō-mŭng'kyə-ləs, hə-)
n. pl. ho·mun·cu·li (-lī')
A diminutive human.
A miniature, fully formed individual which adherents of the early biological theory of preformation believed to be present in the sperm cell.