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Elf vs. Gnome

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The main difference between Elf and Gnome is that the Elf is a supernatural being in Germanic mythology and folklore and Gnome is a diminutive spirit in Renaissance magic and alchemy.

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  • Elf (noun)

    A luminous spirit presiding over nature and fertility and dwelling in the world of Álfheim (Elfland). Compare angel, nymph, fairy.

  • Elf (noun)

    Any from a race of mythical, supernatural beings resembling but seen as distinct from human beings. They are usually delicate-featured and skilled in magic or spellcrafting; sometimes depicted as clashing with dwarves, especially in modern fantasy literature.

  • Elf (noun)

    Any of the magical, typically forest-guarding races bearing some similarities to the Norse álfar (through Tolkien's Eldar).

  • Elf (noun)

    A very diminutive person; a dwarf.

  • Elf (verb)

    To twist into elflocks (of hair); to mat.

  • Gnome (noun)

    A brief reflection or maxim; a pithy saying.

  • Gnome (noun)

    An elemental (spirit or corporeal creature associated with a classical element) associated with earth.

  • Gnome (noun)

    One of a legendary race of human-like beings, usually imagined as short and possibly bearded males, who inhabit the inner parts of the earth and act as guardians of mines, mineral treasure, etc.; in modern fantasy literature, when distinguished from dwarves, gnomes are usually even smaller than dwarves and more focussed on engineering than mining.

  • Gnome (noun)

    A dwarf; a goblin; a person of small stature or misshapen features, or of strange appearance.

  • Gnome (noun)

    The northern pygmy owl, ver=161115, a small owl of the western United States.

  • Gnome (noun)

    A small statue of a dwarf-like character, often bearded, placed in a garden.

  • Gnome (noun)

    An upper atmospheric optical phenomenon associated with thunderstorms, a compact blue starter.

  • Gnome (noun)

    A banker, especially a secretive international one.

    "the gnomes of Zurich"

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  • Elf (noun)

    An imaginary supernatural being, commonly a little sprite, much like a fairy; a mythological diminutive spirit, supposed to haunt hills and wild places, and generally represented as delighting in mischievous tricks.

  • Elf (noun)

    A very diminutive person; a dwarf.

  • Elf

    To entangle mischievously, as an elf might do.

  • Gnome (noun)

    An imaginary being, supposed by the Rosicrucians to inhabit the inner parts of the earth, and to be the guardian of mines, quarries, etc.

  • Gnome (noun)

    A dwarf; a goblin; a person of small stature or misshapen features, or of strange appearance.

  • Gnome (noun)

    A small owl (Glaucidium gnoma) of the Western United States.

  • Gnome (noun)

    A brief reflection or maxim.

Webster Dictionary
  • Elf (noun)

    (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous

  • Elf (noun)

    below 3 kilohertz

  • Gnome (noun)

    a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure

  • Gnome (noun)

    a short pithy saying expressing a general truth

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