from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female gnome. See gnome, 1.
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The performance was an utter farce, with an obese sylph who made the entire balcony shudder, and the gnomide a dwarf made up as an old woman; Eraste a lecher and Arlequin a drunkard.
Hannah picked Goody up and carried him a distance from the gnomide.
No, it was a gnomide, a female gnome, standing about a third Hannah's height, or somewhat shorter than Goody.