from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Gompphinæ, having the eyes remote and the ocelli in a line. G. fraternus is a dragon-fly, yellow, spotted with black, and having black feet.
- n. 2, [lowercase; pl. gomphi (-fī).] A kind of sponge-spicule.
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At the time, one of the things I looked forward to was the strange and wonderful names of fungi, from wolf's milk slime to pig's ear gomphus.