1. (in folklore) one of a species of diminutive beings, usually described as shriveled little old men, that inhabit the interior of the earth and act as guardians of its treasures; troll
2. an expert in monetary or financial affairs; international banker or financier
"Your grandpa looks like a gnome."
"I swear the gnomes in her garden are watching me."
Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"'dwarf-like earth-dwelling spirit,' 1712, from French gnome, from Modern Latin gnomus, used 16c. in a treatise by Paracelsus, who gave the name pigmaei or gnomi to elemental earth beings, possibly from Greek *genomos 'earth-dweller' (cf. thalassonomos "inhabitant of the sea"). A less-likely suggestion is that Paracelsus based it on the homonym that means 'intelligence' (preserved in gnomic). Popular in children's literature 19c. as a name for red-capped German and Swiss folklore dwarfs. Garden figurines first imported to England late 1860s from Germany."
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