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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: Modern Latin gnomus

gnome

noun
     
Related topics: Gardening, Folklore
gnome [countable]
1RF a creature in children's stories who looks like a little old man. Gnomes have pointed hats, live under the ground, and guard gold, jewels etc.
2DHTDLG a stone or plastic figure representing one of these creatures:

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