from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as microcosm, 1.
- n. A tunicate, ascidian, or sea-squirt: applied by Linnæus in 1735, and recently revived by Heller as a generic name.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of coleopterous insects.
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Man the most excellent and noble creature of the world, the principal and mighty work of God, wonder of Nature, as Zoroaster calls him; audacis naturae miraculum, the  marvel of marvels, as Plato; the  abridgment and epitome of the world, as Pliny; microcosmus, a little world, a model of the world,
Although we thus have to deny to the proof of this identity or similarity the weight which Fechner gives to it, nevertheless it has still no small merit, since it throws new and clearer light upon the old thought, always attractive and yet so difficult to present, -- of a macrocosmus and a microcosmus, which has been often enough treated with so much natural mysticism.
I was interrupted in my microcosmus just as it occurred to me that
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